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22 September 2017

The Autumn Classics are coming

The Milano-Torino, the first RCS Sport Autumn Classics will be raced on 5 October starting at San Giuliano Milanese (Sesto Ulteriano) and finishing on the Colle di Superga after 186km.

Now at its 98th edition – but older than any other bicycle race, having been first run in 1876Milano-Torino is 141 years old. Previously won by many great cycling champions, this race – organised by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport – is an international level Classic end of season cycling battle. The last edition was won by Miguel Angel Lopez with an attack on the ramps of the Colle di Superga, ahead of Michael Woods and Rigoberto Uran.

The route starts in San Giuliano Milanese (Sesto Ulteriano) and rolls across the Po Valley along flat roads, all the way through the Vigevano and Lomellina plains, up to Casale Monferrato, where the race profile becomes wavier, with gentle climbs and descents that lead to the final circuit. The route rolls past San Mauro Torinese and all along the Po River in Corso Casale, where it takes in the first climb to the Basilica of Superga. The road then drops down into Rivodora on a technical descent (diverting 600 metres before the finish) that leads back to San Mauro. Here the route goes up again, all the way to the finish, with gradients exceeding 10%.

On Saturday 7 October the 111th edition of Il Lombardia will start from Bergamo and arrive in Como after 247km.

The “Classic of the Dead Leaves”, the last Classic Monument race of the season, will run on the same route as the 2015 edition, when Vincenzo Nibali rode to a solo victory.

A very selective route with six climbs and 4,000 meters of vertical elevation. The first climb, Colle Gallo, is followed by Colle Brianza; and after the town of Onno the riders climb the Madonna del Ghisallo, followed by the Muro di Sormano. After passing the Colma di Sormano the race descends to Nesso and onto the last two climbs: Civiglio and San Fermo della Battaglia, before reaching the finish line on Lungo Lario Trento e Trieste in Como.

On Sunday 8 October, amateurs will have the opportunity to ride on the same roads (starting and arriving in Como) faced by pro riders on the previous day. From Onno until the finish – the last 81km – the route will be identical to that of Il Lombardia.