Published on October 3rd, 2023
The 117th installment of the Giro di Lombardia is set to take place on Saturday, October 7th, featuring cycling luminaries such as Tadej Pogacar, Primoz Roglic, and Remco Evenepoel as they contend for the season’s ultimate cycling monument.
Known as ‘The Race of the Falling Leaves,’ Il Lombardia 2023 signals the culmination of the road cycling season for many riders in the peloton.
This year’s race, the fifth and final monument of the calendar, commences in Como and culminates in Bergamo, encompassing a formidable 238-kilometer route with over 4,400 meters of elevation gain.
A total of twenty-five teams, each comprising seven riders, are set to participate in this prestigious event. Slovenian sensation Tadej Pogacar aims for a remarkable hat-trick, having emerged victorious in the last two editions.
Nonetheless, Pogacar faces formidable competition from compatriot and 2023 Giro d’Italia champion Primoz Roglic, as well as former La Vuelta champion Remco Evenepoel.
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Il Lombardia 2023 Schedule
Here’s the information rewritten and converted for different time zones and regions:
- In the USA: “Il Lombardia is set to start at 4:35 AM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Saturday, October 7th. The riders are expected to reach the finish line in Bergamo around 11:00 AM EDT.”
- In the UK: “Il Lombardia is scheduled to start at 9:35 AM British Summer Time (BST) on Saturday, October 7th. The riders are expected to reach the finish line in Bergamo around 4:00 PM BST.”
- In India: “Il Lombardia is planned to begin at 2:05 PM Indian Standard Time (IST) on Saturday, October 7th. The riders are expected to reach the finish line in Bergamo around 8:30 PM IST.”
- In Australia: “Il Lombardia is slated to start at 6:35 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on Saturday, October 7th. The riders are expected to reach the finish line in Bergamo around 1:00 AM AEST on Sunday, October 8th.”
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How To Watch Il Lombardia 2023
The race will be accessible for live viewing on television and through streaming services on the Global Cycling Network, Eurosport, and Discovery+ in Europe, including the United Kingdom.
For viewers in both the United States and Canada, Il Lombardia can be accessed via GCN+.
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Il Lombardia 2023 Route
The 2023 Il Lombardia route spans 238 kilometers, encompassing a challenging terrain with numerous climbs in Italy’s Lombardy region.
This course closely resembles the route of the 2021 edition, in which Pogacar claimed his inaugural victory, outpacing the Italian cyclist Fausto Masnada.
The route boasts a total of seven categorized climbs, with the pivotal moment expected to unfold at the Passo Di Ganda, covering 9.2 kilometers with an average gradient of 7.3%, and reaching its summit 32 kilometers from the race’s conclusion.
The final obstacle, located just three kilometers from the finish line in Bergamo, is the Colle Aperto climb, stretching 1.3 kilometers with a gradient of 7.0%. Cyclists without a strong sprinting capability will aim to create a gap here to avoid a sprint finish following the final descent into the city.
— Il Lombardia (@Il_Lombardia) September 19, 2023
Il Lombardia 2023 Riders To wartch
Anticipation builds for an exhilarating showdown on the demanding Lombardy climbs, featuring the cycling heavyweights Tadej Pogacar, Primoz Roglic, and Remco Evenepoel.
Two-time Tour de France champion Pogacar is on a quest to join the elite group of Il Lombardia legends, including Sean Kelly, Gino Bartoli, Henri Pélissier, Costante Girardengo, Gaetano Belloni, and Damiano Cunego, with three victories in this prestigious race.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic time trial champion Roglic is gearing up for his final race with Jumbo-Visma, as he confirmed his departure before securing a victory at Saturday’s Giro dell’Emilia, where he outpaced fellow Slovenian Pogacar.
Time trial world champion Evenepoel, who last competed in the Vuelta a España, where he claimed the mountains classification and won three stages, demonstrates his prowess after clinching this season’s Liège – Bastogne – Liège and the previous edition, establishing himself as a formidable contender for another hilly monument victory.
Enric Mas, who crossed the finish line alongside Pogacar in Como last year and narrowly missed out in the sprint, showed his strength with a fourth-place finish in the Giro dell’Emilia, positioning himself as a strong contender for victory once again this year.
Il Lombardia also signifies the conclusion of Thibaut Pinot’s illustrious career. The 33-year-old Frenchman, who triumphed in the Italian classic in 2018 and secured stage wins in all three Grand Tours, bids farewell to the professional cycling world.
— Il Lombardia (@Il_Lombardia) October 8, 2022
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