The Giro di Lombardia 2021 is the last monument of the year and takes place early October. After its brief appearance in August last year, the race returns with a new, more selective and spectacular route to its original place on the autumn racing calendar. The starting list has high-profile riders including Tadej Pogacar (winner of the Tour de France 2021), Primoz Roglic (Olympic time trial winner and winner of the Vuelta a Espana 2021), promising Belgian star Remco Evenepoel, British hope Tao Geoghegan Hart, winner of the 2020 Giro d'Italia, and two icons of sport, Vincenzo Nibali and Chris Froome
The Giro di Lombardia is the greatest fall classic in cycling, also known as the Classica delle Foglie Morte and a leaf fall race. It is the last of the five monuments of the season and one of the last events on the calendar of the UCI World Tour.
It is the last big omen of the peloton before the break. The average increase in the route is 15.8% and the gradient at the top is 2.7%. Known for five or six significant climbs, the Madonna del Ghisallo is one of the few fixed places in the race. It is 106 kilometers long, has an average gradient of 5.2 percent and extends over 10 kilometers
Frenchman Henri Pelissier and Irishman Sean Kelly are the only non-Italian riders to win the classic three times. Past winners include the Italians Fausto Coppi, Gino Bartali, Felice Gimondi and Alfredo Binda, who have won five times. The centuries-old race through the Italian hills around Lake Como was won by the Italian cycling heroes Coppier, Bartali and Moser.
In 2020 Jacob Fuglsang from Astana Premier Tech Team won this famous race, after after coming close to it in some past editions.
"Winning Il Lombardia was, of course, a great thing. It was my second victory in a monument and Lombardia has always been a race I've loved since the first time I did it. I was super happy when I crossed the finish line, I came close a couple of times, so to win it was even better."
This Year the Danish Champ won’t be at the starting line, due to an accident that lead him to an early end of the season. We wish you all the best Jakob, see you soon!
Discover the saddle used by Jakob: Scratch M5