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Tour of Lombardy shifts date in 2012

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Cycling News
Published:
October 10, 2011, 20:00 BST,
Updated:
October 10, 2011, 21:01 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The trees of Lombardy form a beautiful backdrop for a beautiful race.

The trees of Lombardy form a beautiful backdrop for a beautiful race.

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"Race of the falling leaves" in need of a new nickname?

The Tour of Lombardy (Il Lombardia) will move to September in 2012, the UCI announced today.

The last Monument of the season, Il Lombardia, also known as the so-called "race of the falling leaves" because of its autumn date, will now be held on September 29, one week after the UCI road world championships.

The new date is also one day prior to RCS Sport's presentation of the 2013 Giro d'Italia.

"The change, which allows athletes to directly benefit from their world championship form on the WorldTour circuit, comes further to discussions held during the recent meeting of the Professional Cycling Council which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, last month," the UCI stated in its press release.

The Giro di Lombardia has traditionally been the grand finale of the season, having the honour not only of being the last Classic, but as the final race in the UCI's major series - the World Cup, ProTour and now WorldTour.

With the shift in date, it will once again be adjacent to the world championships as it had been until the Worlds moved up in date, and therefore may attract a stronger field.

However, the race loses its status as final WorldTour race, which will now go to the Tour of Beijing.

2012 WorldTour calendar

1 January 17-22, 2012: Tour Down Under    
2 March 4-11, 2012: Paris-Nice    
3 March 7-13, 2012: Tirreno-Adriatico    
4 March 17, 2012: Milano-Sanremo    
5 March 19-25, 2012: Volta Ciclista a Catalunya    
6 March 23, 2012: E3 Prijs Vlaanderen-Harelbeke    
7 March 25, 2012: Gent-Wevelgem    
8 April 1, 2012: Ronde van Vlaanderen    
9 April 2-7, 2012: Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco    
10 April 8, 2012: Paris-Roubaix    
11 April 15, 2012: Amstel Gold Race    
12 April 18, 2012: La Flèche Wallonne    
13 April 22, 2012: Liège-Bastogne-Liège    
14 April 24-29, 2012: Tour de Romandie    
15 May 5-27, 2012: Giro d'Italia    
16 June 3-10, 2012: Critérium du Dauphiné    
17 June 9-17, 2012: Tour de Suisse    
18 June 30-July 22, 2012: Tour de France    
19 July 10-17, 2012: Tour de Pologne    
20 August 6-12, 2012: Eneco Tour    
21 August 14, 2012: Clásica Ciclista San Sebastian    
22 August 18-September 9, 2012: Vuelta a España    
23 August 19, 2012: Vattenfall Cyclassics    
24 August 26, 2012: GP Ouest France-Plouay    
25 September 7, 2012: Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec    
26 September 9, 2012: Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal    
27 September 29, 2012: Il Lombardia    
28 October 10-14, 2012: Tour of Beijing    

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