The 112th edition of ‘The Race of the Falling Leaves’ promises to be as exciting as ever, following the familiar course starting in Bergamo and finishing in Como.
The final ‘Monument’ of the year is always a highlight of the calendar and signals the end of a long season for many members of the peloton.
The course itself is legendary with the first real challenge coming 50km in to the race with the 8.3km climb of the Colle Gallo with an average gradient of 5.2% which is followed around 50km later by the climb up the Colle Brianza, we’d expect to see the breakaway feature prominently at this point.
It’s after that that the race will likely spark into action, first the climb of the Madonna Del Ghisallo which is almost immediately followed by the daunting Colma di Sormano, including the 2km stretch of the Muro di Sormano, at 1109m with some sections of the climb at over 20% and an average of 8.7%.
Clearing that part of the course will be a huge relief for the riders but there’s the sting in the tail before the finish in Como – it’s the 3.9km climb to Civiglio which averages at 10.4% within the final 15km of the race.
Without doubt it’ll be a tough day out all and a baptism of fire for those who haven’t competed in this race before including the likes of Ben O’Connor. He’ll be joined by Julien Vermote, Serge Pauwels, Merhawi Kudus, Johann van Zyl, Steve Cummings and Lachlan Morton.
Bingen Fernandez – Sports Director
This year’s good weather prediction is going to make an even more enjoyable race. The hard climbs of Gisallo and Sormano are going to decide the peloton and from there the last final lap in Como is going to decide the race.
Our riders are motivated, we have Merhawi and Ben O’connor to be part of the race and fight. For sure it’s going to be a wonderful race.
Ben O’Connor – Rider
I mean it’s hard for me to say as I’ve never raced the Tour of Lombardy before!
It’s one of the races you always will watch back at home; how can the allure of Lago di Como be missed. I can’t wait.
Johann van Zyl
Race Image Explained
Above Lake Como is the Madonna del Ghisallo, a small chapel dedicated to cyclists, it celebrates the lives and achievements of champions and provides a memorial to those who have fallen in the sport.
In memory of Ryan Cox.