Tour of Lombardy shifts date in 2012

"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

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

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