Tour of Lombardy 2019 -243kms *Spoilers*

blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 13,550
edited 14 October in Pro race
113th Tour of Lombardy, Saturday 12 October, 2019 -243kms

The Tour of Lombardy runs from Bergamo to Como. The last Monument on the cycling-calendar amounts to 243 kilometres. Iconic climbs up Madonna del Ghisallo and Muro di Sormano are featured, while the punchy San Fermo della Battaglia leads to the 5.3 kilometres drop to the line.

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The editions of 2015 and 2017 were played out on the same route. While the race takes in an elevation gain of approximately 4,000 metres, the first uphill appears after 50 kilometres.

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The Colle Gallo is a 7.4 kilometres climb at 6%. The peak lies to the northeast of Bergamo.

After moving through the departure town again, the riders head west on virtually flat terrain. They crest Colle Brianza and continue to Villa Vergano before descending towards Lecco. Before entering the city, the route reaches the peninsula that’s emblematic of Il Lombardia.
Via Lago di Annone and Lago di Pusiano the riders move through Valbrona and descend to Onno on the shores of Lago di Como. After Bellagio the renowned Madonna del Ghisallo lays waiting. The iconic climb is 8.6 kilometres long and the average gradient sits at 6.2%. The middle section is flat if not descending and the other sections slope at 9% or more.
Next up is the climb to Sormano – 5.1 kilometres at 6.6% – and right after the village the riders tackle the Muro di Sormano. This is a 1.9 kilometres climb at 15.8% with sections up to 27%.
Following a beautiful drop to Nesso, the riders turn left and race along the shores of the Lago di Como. Just before entering the town another lefthander leads back into the hills for the last 20 kilometres.
Firstly, the Civiglio. This is a 4.2 kilometres climb at 9.8% with steepest ramps at 14%. Straight after the drop it goes back up again on San Fermo della Battaglia – 2.7 kilometres at 7.2% and topping out at 10% just before under the top. The race concludes with a 5.3 kilometres drop into Como.

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Het Nieuwsblad
***** Roglic
**** Fuglsang, Bernal
*** Nibali, Woods, Valverde
** Benoot, A. Yates, Gaudu, Mollema
* Wellens, Teuns, Gilbert, Haig, Latour

l'Équipe
***** Roglic
**** Nibali, Bernal
*** Woods, Valverde, Teuns
** Moscon, Gaudu, Fuglsang, A. Yates
* Wellens, Mollema, Majka, Buchmann, Formolo

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  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 13,550
    The BOTD is quite tasty: Masnada, Ballerini, Barbin, Benedetti, Cavagna, Rikunov, Skuijns and Marcato.

    Eurosport coverage has started and the great news is that it's Hatch not Kirby.
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  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 13,550
    Masnada drops the rest of the break on the early slopes of the Ghisallo.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • ridgeriderridgerider Posts: 2,734
    Last pro race for Laurens ten Dam...
    Half man, Half bike...and now more familiar with the work of Prostate Cancer UK
  • Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 3,852
    23km to go.
    Nice scenery but I'm not getting excited about this yet
  • Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 3,852
    Quite fancy going to watch in next year or two and do the fondo the day after.
  • davidofdavidof Posts: 2,002
    Nibs hits a bottle
  • Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 3,852
    Valverde fancies thus
  • mrb123mrb123 Posts: 2,096
    FFS ad break there??
  • davidofdavidof Posts: 2,002
    The Shark has blown
  • Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 3,852
    Hatch "it's all kicking off"
    And go to ad break
  • mrb123mrb123 Posts: 2,096
    If that Valverde attack had been a race winner the ad break would have been criminal.
  • Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 3,852
    Mollema Vs roglic TT
  • Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 3,852
    Valverde going to race for second
  • davidofdavidof Posts: 2,002
    27seconds
  • Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 3,852
    Bolleka
  • davidofdavidof Posts: 2,002
    Mollema
    Vslverde
    Bernal
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 13,550
    Mollema mugs the muppets. :P
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  • onyourrightonyourright Posts: 515
    Bizarre tactics from Roglic. Attacked on the flat, knocked it off on the climb, hung on and followed other attacks easily when caught, drove again on the flat, then got dropped.

    Trek-Segafredo closing the season in style.
  • TheBlueBeanTheBlueBean Posts: 8,261
    I guess no one wanted to tow Valverde to line. And Valverde didn't to over commit in case he lost the sprint.
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 9,279
    Joy for Dutch fans globally.
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 3,852
    Joy for Dutch fans globally.

    :D
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 43,631 Lives Here
    Missed this for the little one’s first birthday party.

    Sounds like it was quite fun. Maybe he’s regretting not spending more of his career focused on one dayers...
  • mrb123mrb123 Posts: 2,096
    It was a familiar story with Valverde in the chase group. He won't ever work and nobody else wants to pull him to the line.
  • iainf72iainf72 Posts: 15,838
    Great race today I thought.

    Most of the Italian races this past week have been good value.
    Fckin' Quintana … that creep can roll, man.
  • andypandyp Posts: 8,074
    mrb123 wrote:
    It was a familiar story with Valverde in the chase group. He won't ever work and nobody else wants to pull him to the line.
    If you can get up the road without Valverde in the last 20 kms of a one day race like this, then you are all but guaranteed a win if you are solo, or a podium place if you're in a small group.
  • TheBlueBeanTheBlueBean Posts: 8,261
    Missed this for the little one’s first birthday party.

    Sounds like it was quite fun. Maybe he’s regretting not spending more of his career focused on one dayers...

    He largely won because no one was marking him. That's not really a great basis for a career.
  • TheBlueBeanTheBlueBean Posts: 8,261
    mrb123 wrote:
    It was a familiar story with Valverde in the chase group. He won't ever work and nobody else wants to pull him to the line.

    He did do some work. Bernal did very little. Roglic did too much.
  • amrushtonamrushton Posts: 559
    Mad_Malx wrote:
    Quite fancy going to watch in next year or two and do the fondo the day after.

    It's a good day out! I had a few days there when Cunego won for the third time. Did the fondo the day after. 9am start :D and just glorious. Como a great place to ride.
  • ocdupalaisocdupalais Posts: 3,591
    amrushton wrote:
    Mad_Malx wrote:
    Quite fancy going to watch in next year or two and do the fondo the day after.

    It's a good day out! I had a few days there when Cunego won for the third time. Did the fondo the day after. 9am start :D and just glorious. Como a great place to ride.
    Every year the whole evocative autumnal Italianess of Il Lombardia (summed up by the doleful longing for the choice bits of yet another season passing and shiny black puffas and bad multi-tone denim strides) makes me want to head out there for this week, much like I’ve done countless times for P-R and Flanders... maybe next year!
    Where would be the best base?
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 43,631 Lives Here
    ocdupalais wrote:
    amrushton wrote:
    Mad_Malx wrote:
    Quite fancy going to watch in next year or two and do the fondo the day after.

    It's a good day out! I had a few days there when Cunego won for the third time. Did the fondo the day after. 9am start :D and just glorious. Como a great place to ride.
    Every year the whole evocative autumnal Italianess of Il Lombardia (summed up by the doleful longing for the choice bits of yet another season passing and shiny black puffas and bad multi-tone denim strides) makes me want to head out there for this week, much like I’ve done countless times for P-R and Flanders... maybe next year!
    Where would be the best base?

    Bellagio by far.
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