The last Monument of the season takes place on Saturday in northern Italy, where Thibaut Pinot will say goodbye. Complete presentation of the 2023 edition.
Two names attract attention them all the light to theirs dawn of the 2023 Tour of Lombardy, this Saturday October 7. Tadej Pogacar won the last two editions and is aiming for a hat-trick. unprecedented since Fausto Coppi (5 victories including 4 in a row between 1946 and 1949). Thibaut Pinot will bow out of the race which gave him the greatest victory of his career in 2018, when he started alone in the Civiglio, dropping the Messina Shark Vincenzo Nibali to winning the only Monument on his list of prizes. On Saturday, Pinot and his fans, who will be present in large numbers on the side of the road, will inevitably dream of turning this great page of French cycling in the most beautiful way: arms raised ;s towards the sky when crossing the line.
A Slovenian duel?
The undisputed favorite remains Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates). The two-time reigning winner has further added to his list of achievements this year: Tour of Flanders, Flè Wallonne, Amstel Gold Race and two stages of the Tour de France. But he remains with two frustrating results, with his second place in the Tour de France and his bronze medal at the world championships. He arrives vengeful in Italy, and surrounded by of a great team. His main competitor will surely be another Slovenian, Primoz Roglic, for his last race in the Jumbo Visma jersey. Winner at the Tour of Emilia a few days ago ahead of most of the favorites from Lombardy, the recent third in the Tour of Spain will have the opportunity to compete. to add a second Monument to the his record after Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2020.
Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step), who also competed in the Vuelta, will be another serious competitor to the race. the final victory, he who never won the test. His future is uncertain since his team should be absorbed by Jumbo Visma, and he will want to offer one last big victory to Jumbo Visma. legendary training in the world of cycling. On the side outsiders, Richard Carapaz (EF Education-EasyPost) will be one of the main dangers, he who arrives fresh at the end of the season after a fractured kneecap in the Tour de France. Simon Yates (Jayco AlUla) and Enric Mas (Movistar) could also join the fray. the fight, just like Adam Yates and Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates) if their leader Tadej Pogacar gives them the opportunity.
The Tour of Lombardy traditionally concludes the cycling season and allows riders who are late in their form or who have suffered injuries during the year to shine. The first edition The start of this legendary race, considered the fifth Monument, took place in 1905. Since its creation, the Tour of Lombardy is the classic that has been run the most because only the ;editions of 1943 and 1944 were published. canceled due to the war. She has often smiled on the great Italian runners: Fausto Coppi, Gino Bartali, Alfredo Binda and more recently Paolo Bettini, Danilo Di Luca and Vincenzo Nibali. But it is also a dream land. for classics specialists, at the image of Philippe Gilbert or Joaquim Rodriguez, and crowned the greatest in this sport like Merckx and Hinault.
The 2023 Tour of Lombardy route takes the opposite route from last year, starting from Como and arriving in Rome. Bergamo, and reconnects, at the end, with the roads and passes which have made the recent history of the race. This year again, no Sornano, and a less explosive finale than last year, with the Passo della Crocetta (11.6 km at 5.8%) and the Passo di Ganda (9.3 km at 7.1%) in justices of the peace, before the Colle Aperto (1.3 km at 6.9%) as the last difficulty. à three kilometers from the finish line. Also return to a flatter start to the race, unlike last year.
Profile of the Tour of Lombardy 2023 © Il Lombardia
The teams of the favorites should start the race from the Passo della Crocetta before more serious attempts by the leaders in the Passo di Ganda, where the winner could already fly away because the summit is just around the corner. 31 kilometers from the finish. Otherwise, the Colle Aperto will decide the fate of the race. less than a small group sprint.
Here is the complete list of runners participating in this event. this new edition of the Tour of Lombardy:
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The Italian cycling race will take place on Saturday October 7, 2023 with a departure in the morning for an arrival mid-afternoon (between 4:50 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. depending on the speed of the runners).
The Italian classic will be at follow in full on the Eurosport channels, and in particular on Eurosport 2 live from the start at the start of the season. 10:30 a.m.