Live Coverage of Il Lombardia - Elite Men

Race overview:

Distance: 240km

Start Location: Como

End Location: Bergamo

Welcome to Cyclingnews' live race centre for full coverage of the final Monument of the 2016 season.

 

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Live commentary by Patrick Fletcher

  1. 12:13:07 CEST

    184km remaining from 240km

    The strung-out peloton hits the foot of the Madonna del Ghisallo climb. 

  2. 12:10:29 CEST

    The riders are heading towards the picturesque town of Bellagio on lake Como.

     

     

  3. 12:06:35 CEST

    The move comes to nothing as the duo are caught by the peloton, which is once again cracking under the pressure here. What an intense start to proceedings. 

  4. 12:04:27 CEST

    Zdenek Stybar has bridged across to Colbrelli.

     

  5. 11:59:18 CEST

    Bardiani-CSF's Sonny Colbrelli is off the front on his own at the head of the race. Who's going to join the Tre Valli Varesine winner?

     

  6. 11:57:11 CEST

    • Climb

    There's not long until the first climb of the day. After 56km the riders will head up the famous Madonna del Ghisallo, which has become a fixture of Il Lombardia

  7. 11:52:34 CEST

    More action at the front of the bunch as three riders skip clear. Etixx-QuickStep lead the chase.

     

  8. 11:47:22 CEST

    • Cannondale 2016

    Puncture for Rigoberto Uran, who is definitely one to watch today. The Colombian was third at the Giro dell'Emilia and then cruised home to take third at Milan-Turin having sat back while his teammate fought for victory. 

  9. 11:43:35 CEST

    TUEs are still dominating the headlines in the wider cycling world as the Fancy Bears story rumbles on. At the centre of the storm is Bradley Wiggins, who, after a brief appearance on a British political talk show, has just opened up and talked at length about his use of triamcinolone acetonide ahead of three Grand Tours. Here's the story:

     

    Bradley Wiggins explains TUE use, asthma and allergies

     

  10. 11:39:14 CEST

    Still no breakaway. I bet there are plenty of riders out there who'd have been hoping for an early break and a relaxed start to proceedings. Flat roads are hard to come by in this race but the ones we do have are being covered full gas so far.

     

  11. 11:28:54 CEST

    The reigning champion Vincenzo Nibali is not out there today but in Fabio Aru and Miguel Angel Lopez there's every possibility that the title might stay in the Astana family. 

     

  12. 11:27:25 CEST

    20km covered and it's still relentlessly quick out there. So quick, in fact, that the peloton is beginning to fragment. 

  13. 11:20:38 CEST

    Still no sign of a breakaway as the pace remains frantically high out there. 

     

  14. 11:19:45 CEST

    This year's route has been reversed from last year, with the riders starting out in Como, where Vincenzo Nibali took victory 12 months ago, and making their way to Bergamo. There are a few completely new climbs on the menu today but with 4,440m of elevation it's going to be as tough as ever. In the last 120km there's barely a metre of flat road, and when it does come it's bound to be intense as the riders in contention prepare for the punchy Bergamo Alta climb that precedes the finish. 

  15. 11:14:53 CEST

    Gazprom-Rusvelo, the Russian Pro Conti team who've enjoyed plenty of invites to RCS races this year, are clearly keen to make it into the break today. Gert Dockx (Lotto-Soudal), Gianfranco Zilioli (Nippo-Vini Fantini) and Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff) were off the front with a small gap but the Gazprom men promptly shut it down. 

     

  16. 11:11:43 CEST

    If you haven't done so already, now's probably the time to read our in-depth race preview from our man in Italy, Stephen Farrand. 

     

    Teams fight for WorldTour survival at Il Lombardia

     

  17. 11:09:46 CEST

    Plenty of attacks in the opening kilometres but nothing is sticking just yet.

  18. 11:06:56 CEST

    Before we get going, here's a look at the profile

     

  19. 11:06:21 CEST

    The riders have just rolled out of Como and the race is underway

     

  20. 11:05:17 CEST

    It could be a wet one...

     

  21. 11:03:42 CEST

    So, here we are then. It's the final Monument of the 2016 season - and what a way to finish it off. The autumn Italian classics are always a treat and here we have the big one. It's hilly, scenic, and unpredictable - settle yourselves in for a great day of racing. 

  22. 10:58:29 CEST

    Hello there, good morning, and a warm welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage of Il Lombardia.

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