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The 111th edition of the Tour of Lombardy will be held on Saturday the 7th of October, 2017. The fifth of cycling’s five Monuments is the last illustrious European race of the season. The first edition was held in 1905. Since its creation, the Giro di Lombardia has been the classic with the fewest number of interruptions in cycling; only the editions of 1943 and 1944 were cancelled for reasons of war. Italian Fausto Coppi won a record five times.

In 2016 Colombian climber Esteban Chavez outsprinted his rivals to win his first ever Monument in the final Classic and monument of cycling of the season, the Giro di Lombardia. Some of the biggest names in cycling will be targeting a winning end to the 2017 season. Il Lombardia offers that opportunity to go out with a bang. The Colombian, who entered in the history of the competition as the first non-European to ever win, outsprinted his fellow escapees Diego Rosa and Rigoberto Uran.

New for 2017 is the official Gran Fondo Il Lombardia. It isn’t long but it’s tough with the Madonna de Ghisallo, the infamous Muro di Sormano, the Civiglio and the San Fermo de la Battaglia.

The Gran Fondo Il Lombardia brings together the unique charm of its beautiful route with the opportunity for amateur riders to measure themselves against their heroes by riding on the very same roads the pros raced the day before and is a key part what makes the Gran Fondo Il Lombardia so special. This year’s event aims to build on the success achieved in the spring by the Gran Fondo Strade Bianche, in which 5000 riders took part.

The route starts from Como and takes riders to Onno, on the eastern branch of Lake Como before heading north to take the mountain road in Regatola. Riders will then face two epic ascents: firstly the Madonna del Ghisallo and then the Muro di Sormano, with gradients up to 27%. Following these major climbs, the route turns and makes it way back to Como and a final with the two climbs of Civiglio and San Fermo della Battaglia to test the endurance of the riders.

Gran Fondo riders will start at 7.30am on Sunday 8 October and be allowed a maximum time to complete the route of 7 hours. After the finish of the Gran Fondo prizes will be awarded to the top ten teams, the first three men and women, and also to the winners of each category, for both men and women.

To complete an intense cycling weekend in Lombardy, the Comitato Provinciale Comasco of the FCI (the Como Provincial Committee of the Italian Cycling Federation), in collaboration with the associations Pedale Appianese and the ACSD Remo Calzolari da Moreno organize the 54esima Giornata Nazionale della Bicicletta (54th National Bicycle Day) for 15-16 and 17-18 year old riders. The events always start in Como, just a few hours after the Gran Fondo Il Lombardia, with the finish line on the summit of the Madonna del Ghisallo (754 meters).