The third race in Italy this week is the penultimate WorldTour outing of the season, the ‘Race of the Falling Leaves’ – Il Lombardia. The 110th edition on Saturday 1st October is a 241km hilly course from Como to Bergamo. In total, the race will feature 4,400 meters of climbing as two new climbs have been added in the finale, the Sant’Antonio Abbandonato and Miragolo San Salvatore.
“We start Lombardia with nearly the same team as Milano-Torino and we will be looking for another good team performance,” explained coach Aike Visbeek (NED). “The race organisers have made the last 100km of the course more difficult compared to previous editions, which should make it an interesting race.
“We also continue with the aim of racing offensively and we should be able to make an impact on this race. We are hoping to have a strong ride with Tom who is riding well at the moment and it will be a good race that fits in towards the World Championships in Qatar. He is capable of overcoming the climbs and he will be well supported by the team.”