Velominati Super Prestige: Il Lombardia 2013

Where is my Compact? image: Italian Cycling Journal
Where is my compact? The Muro di Sormano  image: Italian Cycling Journal

Il Lombardia, this is the race of the fallen leaves. This fall classic is a beautiful race in a beautiful region of Italy. The arduous route may change year to year but what does not change is the Italian need to win this thing. There is some national pride at stake here after the Italian men finished off the podium in Firenze. Bergamo to Lecco, 242 km, with five equally spaced climbs between the two. This is the final Monument of the 2013 season, directly on the heels of the World Championships. Purito won the 2012 edition of Il Lombardia and will be energized to win again after his crushing loss in the Worlds. Paulo Bettini won the race in his rainbow jersey, Rui Costa can’t be counted out not to do the same.

Many racers have already shut it down for the season. Finding great form in October is not for everyone. Yet peaking for the World Championships and Il Lombardia has been on the calendar for many of the puncheurs and strong climbers. And many others will be climbing off at the first feed zone, pulling into the Milano Malpensa airport before the race is over.

Yes this is a brutal race often won by a lone rider. Climbing, descending, good bike handling a must when the forecast calls for possible rain (yes it does again this year).

The toughest climb is in the middle of the day.

A few hundred meters after crossing Maglio the race turns to the left into the Muro di Sormano (Sormano Wall) (2 km at 15%) on a narrow and very steep (recently repaired) road, partly running through a grove, featuring steep u-bends and gradients at time exceeding 25% and even coming close to 30% around meter 1.000 of the route.

That should separate the contenders from those dismounting at the second feed zone on the course. The climbs of  Madonna del Ghisallo and Villa Vergano are waiting then a final 3 km flat run into Lecco ends it. A proper start list is not yet available as the director sportifs are still calling in the unwilling domestiques  to fill out their rosters but for now this will have to do. Good luck and good picking.

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171 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Il Lombardia 2013”

  1. First dabble at this…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. dan martin
    2. R Uran
    3. J Rodriguez
    4. N Quintana
    5. P Gilbert

  2. Ditto @plynie

    VSP PICKS:

    1. N Quintana
    2. rodriguez
    3. sagan
    4. martin
    5. van garderen

  3. @Buck Rogers Yuch!

    Anyway, I just figured he will want to prove a point having failed to achieve what he hoped in the ToB so he’ll go glory or bust.  Though given my track record at “play betting” he should be worried.  My Grand National picks usually crash and burn at the first fence.

  4. This is one of the races I look forward to all year – such a beautiful route and so much history

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Rodriguez
    2. Nibali
    3. Gilbert
    4. Quintana
    5. Contador

  5. A small change in response to the report that Mollema is out with an injury.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Vincenzo Nibali
    2. Joaquin Rodriguez
    3. Robert Gesink
    4. Carlos Betancur
    5. Dan Martin

  6. Gilbert to go for big win #2

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Gilbert
    2. Valverde
    3. Uran
    4. J Rodriguez
    5. Nibali

  7. Updated

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Greg Van Avermaet
    2. Vincenzo Nibali
    3. Sylvain Chavanel
    4. Jan Bakelants
    5. Thomas de Gendt

  8. @RedRanger I first read it on inner ring.

    @xyxax

    From his Twitter:

    Bauke Mollema “@BaukeMollema 4h

    Giro di Lombardia: DNS. Balen! Sinds WK knieklachten. Na echo en overleg dokter besloten geen risico’s te nemen. Zit klein beetje vocht in.

    The only thing I get is “DNS”. But which might be a Dutch acronym for “victory is certain”

    Anything is possible!

  9. VSP PICKS:

    1. Rodriguez, Wack
    2. Nibali, Vinni
    3. Valverde, Alec
    4. Gilbert, p
    5. Martin, Dan

  10. @xyxax

    @Duende

    Like ever again typing the word “Schleck” into one of these VSP boxes?

    A fine illustration of the distinction between possible and plausible.

  11. I really hope Purito wins and rides Piti into the fucking ground.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Purito
    2. Uran
    3. Nibali
    4. Diego Ulissi
    5. Gesink

  12. @DeKerr I bow to the wearer of the V-colors.

    @Duende

    @Steampunk

    FUCKSTICKS!!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. A. Schleck
    2. F. Schleck
    3. F. Strack
    4. Steve Schleck
    5. Tullio Schleck

    And @Steampunk rips the legs off possible and beats plausible to death.

  13. silly season has started i see…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. JRod
    2. RainbowRui
    3. PedalwanJan Bakelants
    4. endofseason Nibbles
    5. nolegs balberde

  14. Shots in the dark.  I swear, the harder I think about this, the worse I do…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Joaquím Rodríguez Oliver
    2. Vincenzo Nibali
    3. Peter Sagan
    4. Alejandro Valverde
    5. Michal Kwiatkowski

  15. Lots of interesting dynamics going on in this race – hopefully Rui isn’t too hung over to make things interesting!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. J-Rod
    2. Rui
    3. Piti
    4. Uran
    5. Vince Nibbles

  16. @xyxax

    @DeKerr I bow to the wearer of The V-colors.

    @Duende

    @Steampunk

    FUCKSTICKS!!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. A. Schleck
    2. F. Schleck
    3. F. Strack
    4. Steve Schleck
    5. Tullio Schleck

    And @Steampunk rips the legs off possible and beats plausible to death.

    Is it possible to have all ‘Schlecks’ remapped as ‘Schitflecks’? You know, the kind you have to wipe from the bottom of your toilet seat after particularly meaningful Mexican food and tequila nights. Cuz those guys are going down with toilet tissue, or have done.

  17. Haven’t got a scoobies..I am tempted to go for Dirty Bertie but I think this is too long and I am not sure of his form.  Nicos form is getting better and better and Uran has something to prove he looked so good in the Worlds before his crash.  The rest are tired but JRod will have fire in his belly and Betancur has been quiet since early season so could come in strong.

    Now if you believe any of that then you are as full of shit as me!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. D’Uran D’Uran
    2. Nico Roche
    3. JRod
    4. Costa Coffee Rui
    5. Betancur Carlos the Jackal

  18. In for a pennI, in for a Euro

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Rui costa
    2. Dan Moreno
    3. Sagan
    4. Voeckler
    5. Nibali

  19. Valverde will be racing angry

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Nibali
    3. J-Rod
    4. Ulissi
    5. Uran

  20. Nibbles will break the Spanish armada as they all stare each other down.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Nibali
    2. Perrenial second Purito
    3. Valverde
    4. Contador
    5. Daniel Martin

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