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[WT] Il Lombardia
« on: August 14, 2020, 18:15 »
Il Lombardia[1]

Saturday, August 15th

The 114th edition of Il Lombardia takes place tomorrow. The route follows the parcours of the 2019 edition, won by the Dutch rider Bauke Mollema and dedicated to the memory of the great champion of Sedrina, Felice Gimondi.

Starting from Bergamo it’s a 231km course with Colle Gallo, Colle Brianza, Madonna del Ghisallo, Sormano, Civiglio and San Fermo della Battaglia in the final, before the classic arrival on the Como lakefront.



The race will be a challenge between generations. The emerging Evenepoel, van der Poel, Ciccone and Vlasov compete with the more experienced Nibali, Mollema, Fuglsang, Carapaz, Woods, Wellens, Majka and Bennett in the season's second Classic Monument: 231km from Bergamo to Como. Before the start, the organisation will remember the victims of the pandemic.

On the road will be 25 teams, each consisting of 7 riders. Apart from the 19 UCI WorldTeams, there is 1 team qualified by ranking and 5 wild cards:
  • #circus CIRCUS - WANTY GOBERT (BEL)
  • #alpecin ALPECIN - FENIX (BEL)
  • #androni ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI - SIDERMEC (ITA)
  • #bardiani BARDIANI CSF FAIZANÈ (ITA)
  • #gazprom GAZPROM - RUSVELO (RUS)
  • #vinizabu VINI ZABÙ KTM (ITA)
The lineups include some of the world’s best riders for an interesting challenge between the up-and-coming young riders and the more experienced champions. Riders to watch are last year’s winner Bauke Mollema, 2017 and 2015 editions winner Vincenzo Nibali, 2019 Giro d'Italia winner Richard Carapaz, GranPiemonte presented by EOLO winner George Bennett, Remco Evenepoel, Jakob Fuglsang, Mathieu van der Poel, Gianluca Brambilla, Giulio Ciccone, Michael Woods, Alberto Bettiol, Aleksandr Vlasov, Tim Wellens, Ivan Ramiro Sosa, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Gianni Moscon, Rafal Majka, Andrea Bagioli, Mikel Nieve, Wilco Kelderman, Fabio Aru, Valerio Conti and Diego Ulissi.
 1. Source of all text: RCS Press Release
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    Re: Il Lombardia
    « Reply #1 on: August 15, 2020, 04:09 »
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    The race will be a challenge between generations

    Indeed!

    And how interesting that will be!  :cool
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    Re: Il Lombardia
    « Reply #2 on: August 15, 2020, 08:51 »
    star ratings:

    *fr l'Équipe
    :*:*:*:*:* /
    :*:*:*:* Evenepoel
    :*:*:* van der Poel, G. Bennett
    :*:* Nibali, Fuglsang, Vlasov, Mollema, Ulissi
    :* Carapaz, Majka, Molard


    *be Het Nieuwsblad
    :*:*:*:*:* Evenepoel
    :*:*:*:* Fuglsang, Bennett
    :*:*:* Nibali, Schachmann, Carapaz
    :*:* Hermans, Woods, Majka, Mollema
    :* Wellens, Bettiol, Izagirre, van der Poel, Ciccone
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    Re: Il Lombardia
    « Reply #3 on: August 15, 2020, 13:25 »
    star ratings:

    *fr l'Équipe
    :*:*:*:*:* /
    :*:*:*:* Evenepoel
    :*:*:* van der Poel, G. Bennett
    :*:* Nibali, Fuglsang, Vlasov, Mollema, Ulissi
    :* Carapaz, Majka, Molard


    *be Het Nieuwsblad
    :*:*:*:*:* Evenepoel
    :*:*:*:* Fuglsang, Bennett
    :*:*:* Nibali, Schachmann, Carapaz
    :*:* Hermans, Woods, Majka, Mollema
    :* Wellens, Bettiol, Izagirre, van der Poel, Ciccone


    not going to watch this until tonight (recorded/replay) probably but ....

    **Hermans?    :slow   what has he done lately to show up on that list?
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    Re: Il Lombardia
    « Reply #4 on: August 15, 2020, 17:52 »
     Not going to give the result away if folks are still to watch, but more surrealism added to this surreal season.
    Utterly  :S
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    Re: Il Lombardia
    « Reply #5 on: August 15, 2020, 21:48 »
    Fuglsang needs to have a word with his conscience.

    Dear me.
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    Re: Il Lombardia
    « Reply #6 on: August 16, 2020, 18:48 »
    Christophe Brandt, as organiser of the Tour of Wallonia which has started today was interviewed by RTBF about the Sormano descent and Remco Evenepoel's crash.

    https://www.rtbf.be/sport/cyclisme/detail_brandt-sur-la-descente-muro-di-sormano-si-ca-arrive-une-fois-ca-peut-etre-un-hasard-3-4-fois-il-ne-faut-plus-passer-par-la?id=10562988

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    As organiser I know that zero risk doesn't exist. I saw short footage of yesterday's descent and I also cycled over there. It's obvious that there's a part of responsability and riders have recognised the race several times. However it's scary to see a kid falling five, six or seven meters below. Perhaps there could've been more road signs or at least not taking such type of descents. There's a part of responsability. Now I think there have been several crashes in that descent. So at some point, you should take measures in line with what has happened. If it occurs once, it can just be a mishap but if it happens three or four times, you should take the decision never to take that road anymore. Then the organiser's responsability is to feel like "at this point it's going to go or not". You might hope that by the end of a race the peloton might be a little dislocated, which happened to be the case, but here Remco was perhaps a few meters away from the wheel of the rider in front of him. He is braking a bit too late and you see the consequences which could have been tragic. They are serious but they could have been tragic. As I said, zero risk does not exist but is it responsible to race on such descent. I can't claim yes or no but you might have to draw lessons when every year you have a rider crashing there. Perhaps, you might no longer pass through that descent.

    Asked if it often happens for him to refuse to take an unsafe road :

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    Yes absolutely ! Or else, we place enough yellow flags or straw bales or whatever necessity to make the area safe. However the lay of the land is a bit complicated when you see the road width and the number of turns you have on that descent. Yet I personally think you should take the responsability to decide no longer to take such a road if it is too dangerous.

    On the Man Down thread, I reminded you of the crashes of Philippe Gilbert as World Champion in 2012, the spectacular crashes of Jan Bakelants and Laurens De Plus in 2017. In 2017, an Italian rider also crashed there, whose name I don't remember. I don't remember if other riders also crashed. In the sixties, when the Sormano was first added to the race three times, I don't think there were heavy crashes in the descent of it, at least none that were noted in the books I have about the Tour of Lombardy.

    Of course I'm a bit biased because I've never liked that climb. When it gets too steep, it favours feather-weight specialised climbers too much. Nothing against them but I think a race like the Tour of Lombardy should give as many riders as possible the opportunity to win it, including heavier all rounders. The route to Como with only Ghisallo, Civiglio and San Fermo della Battaglia was already fine in itself. The Sormano was not necessary. In the sixties they eventually dropped it but at that time it was surrealistic. It was still on dirt roads and riders running foot could climb faster than those pedalling.
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    Re: Il Lombardia
    « Reply #7 on: August 17, 2020, 00:57 »
    Fuglsang needs to have a word with his conscience.

    Dear me.

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