Giro di Lombardia
||Tour of Lombardy
||Giro di Lombardia, Il Lombardia (Italian)
||La classica delle foglie morte (Italian)
Race of the Falling Leaves (English)
||UCI World Tour
||106 (as of 2012)
|| Giovanni Gerbi (ITA)
|| Fausto Coppi (ITA) (5 wins)
|| Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)
The Giro di Lombardia (English: Tour of Lombardy) is a cycling race, in Lombardy, Italy. It is the last 'Monument' of the European calendar, and also one of the last events in the UCI World Tour, making it potentially decisive in that competition. Its nickname is "the classic of the dead (falling) leaves" (Italian: la classica delle foglie morte) because it takes place in the autumn.
The first edition was 1905. It was then called Milan-Milan. It gained its current name in 1907. The route has changed many times. Milan, Sesto San Giovanni, Bergamo, Varese, Monza, Como have been start or finish place. In 2004 the race started in Mendrisio in Switzerland, and ended in Como. The most famous obstacle is the Madonna del Ghisallo climb that appears in the latter part of the race. A shrine there has a small museum containing religious and cycling objects.
Fausto Coppi won a record five times. Frenchman Henri Pelissier and Irishman Sean Kelly are the only non-Italian riders to win the race three times. The 2009 and 2010 editions were won by Philippe Gilbert. Gilbert was not able to win the 2011 edition after a successful season for the Belgium classics specialist.
The route has changed many times over the years, although the signature symbol of the race has remained the Como lake and the Ghisallo climb that starts near Bellagio and arrives at the church of Madonna del Ghisallo, the patron of cyclists. Milan, Monza, Como and Bergamo have all been traditional arrival cities of the race through the years. Since 2004, the arrival has returned to the lake front in Como with the short, but tough San Fermo della Battaglia climb a few kilometers from the end. The 2010 edition saw the introduction of the Colma di Sormano climb which replaced the Cviglio climb after the Ghisallo climb. The Sormano climb was also introduced in the fully renewed route for the 2011 edition. The climb was installed before the Madonna del Ghisallo. After the Ghisallo climb a flat road took the race towards Lecco for the final climb of the race: the 3,4 km climb of Villa Vergano. After the descend only 3 km remained until the finish. The steep road of the Villa Vergano climb proved to be decisive in the 2011 and 2012 edition of the race.
The Giro di Lombardia is known as a climbers' classic and has included several well-known climbs over the years. The most famous of them is the Madonna del Ghisallo climb. An overview of climbs featured in Il Lomardia:
|Colma di Sormano
|Madonna del Ghisallo
Winners by Nationality