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The Tour of Lombardia 2012 race route on Google Maps/Google Earth, profile and time- and route schedule

Added: wednesday 26 September 2012 at 9:00:00
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    The Tour of Lombardia 2012 race route on Google Maps/Google Earth, profile and time- and route scheduleNow the World Championships in The Netherlands are done, the UCI WorldTour will be back this weekend, with Il Lombardia or the Tour of Lombardy 2012 this Saturday, the day before the presentation of the Giro d'Italia 2013 race route.

    Il Lombardia, 106th edition of the race, will -just like last year- have a new race route this year, this time no longer starting in Milan but in Bergamo and just like last year with Lecco as its destination and without a lap around the Como Lake. Hereunder you'll find this new race route on Google Maps/Google Earth and the time- and route schedule and the profile.

    Will this race route again be the right one for the brand new World Champion, Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team), who won 2 editions in row before last year's surprise victory by Oliver Zaugg (Team Leopard-Trek)?

    The description of the Tour of Lombardy 2012 race route

    After the start in Bergamo, the riders will go east and the race will really start when they get to the ring road around the city. From there, the trip east will allow the riders to get to the climb of the Colle dei Pasta (413 meters altitude). They will than go west and north up to Sedrina where they will turn around to go back south to Ponte San Pietro. They'll than continue west again until Villa d'Adda where they'll get back on last year's race route, which will allow them, via Cisana Bergamasco, to access the climb of Valico di Valcava and its 1336 meters altitude. After the descent they'll get to the feeding zone of San Sosimo and will cross the race route they've followed before, in Cisano Bergamasco. This climb is 11.7 kilometers long with an average steepness of 8% (height difference of 934 meters) which will get to its highest in the second third of the climb, with 17%.

    At Colle Brianza, they climb again, up to 533 meters of altitude. After the descent they get in the feeding zone, before they attack a new climb which has it's top in Sormano (Colma di Sormano) at an altitude of 1124 meters. Philippe GilbertThis climb is 9.48 km long and has an average steepness of 6.6% (height difference of 629 meters and a maximum steepness of 12%). After the descent of this climb and after a ride alongside the Como Lake (Lago di Como), they'll climb the usual Madonna del Ghisallo (754 meters) where they'll see the mythical chapel of the patroness of cyclists. This climb is 8.58 km long for a height difference of 532 meters and an average steepness of 6.2% (maximum steepness of 14% early in the climb).

    A few flat kilometers follow the descent before the riders attack the last climb in Villa Vergano (Salita di Ello, 522 meters of altitude for a height difference of 243 meters and an average steepness of 7.4% [maximum steepness of 15% towards the end of the climb]) of which the top will be at 9 kilometers from the finish line which will be drawn for the second time in the Lungo Lario Isonzo in Lecco.

    The Tour of Lombardy 2012 race route on Google Maps, the time and route schedule and the race profile

    Hereunder, you'll find the Google Maps version of the Tour of Lombardy 2012 race route, its profile and the time and route schedule. Click on each of the images to open them:
    The time- and route schedule of the Tour of Lombardy 2012 The profile of the Tour of Lombardy 2012 The map of the Tour of Lombardy 2012 race route on Google Maps

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    The Tour of Lombardy 2012 race route in Google Earth

    Would you like to do a virtual fly-over of this race route? Or do you simply prefer to view it in Google Earth?
    >> Click here to download the Tour of Lombardy 2012 race route in Google Earth (KML file)

    The promotion video of Il Lombardia 2012

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  1. Philippe Gilbert will be eager to show off his new rainbow jersey, and may well end his season on a high note.

    | curleyman | wednesday 26 September 2012 at 20:51:48

  2. Gilbert n'est pas mon favori.
    Le parcours sur sa fin est grandement modifié par rapport à l'ancienne version : moins de côtes difficiles proches de l'arrivée qui l'avantageaint auparavant.
    L'ancien parcours était plus sélectif sur la fin, je le regrette d'autant plus que j'aimais l'arrivée dans Côme...

    | PomPom | thursday 27 September 2012 at 8:52:29

  3. Philippe Gilbert a chuté dans la descente de Sormano et a dû quitter la course, tout comme Luca Paolini et Alessandro Ballan.

    | Thomas Vergouwen | saturday 29 September 2012 at 15:37:14

  4. Merci Thomas de nous avoir pu faire suivre le direct streaming (avant la prise d'antenne d'Eurosport à 16h notamment), sans ça je n'aurais jamais vu les "images" du Muro di Sormano, impressionnant !

    La pluie et la télévision ne font pas bon ménage tout de même, pas d'images de la dernière ascension, Purito n'aura même pas de souvenirs visuels de sa belle victoire ...

    | Elie | saturday 29 September 2012 at 17:33:07

  5. Effectivement, si la pluie rend la course plus dure, elle fait de même pour la production des images TV. Malheureusement on a donc dû se contenter pendant pas mal de temps de vues sur des arbres ou du lac de Côme :-(.

    Remercions tout de même RCS et la Gazzetta dello Sport de la diffusion de ces images en libre accès sur Internet :-) !

    | Thomas Vergouwen | saturday 29 September 2012 at 17:39:03

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