The new route means that the summit of the Madonna del Ghisallo is just 45km from the finish in Lecco. Cyclingnews caught up with Davide Cassani before the start in Milan this morning, and he reckons the new Lombardy route is tougher than last year's.
"The big difference now is that you come to the Ghisallo with two tough climbs in your legs, especially the Valcava and there’s also the Colma di Sormano," he said. "There will be more of a selection on the Ghisallo, it’s going to do more damage than before. Then in the finale, the climb of Villa Vergano isn’t like San Fermo, it’s much tougher, especially the last kilometre. All in all, I think it’s a harder course, it’s far more demanding than last year."