Il Lombardia 2021 – Preview

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) at the 2019 Il Lombardia
Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) at the 2019 Il Lombardia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Forty years ago this month, the late Gianni Mura lamented the dearth of star names on the start line of Il Lombardia in an article entitled ‘The cycling that eats its children.’ In October 1981, at the end of a long and wearying campaign, men like Tour de France champion Bernard Hinault, defending champion Fons De Wolf and World Champion Freddy Maertens all decided to forgo the Race of the Falling Leaves and finish their seasons early, and Mura saw little reason to pretend that the final Monument of the year had a field worthy of its history.

“The Giro di Lombardia has never had such a mown down field of participants,” Mura wrote in the pages of La Repubblica. “Those of us who continue to love it are hoping for a great Giro di Lombardia, but it’s not easy to sing ‘Aida’ with so little breath.”

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