Thursday, October 07, 2010

Sunday October 16th is the Giro di Lombardia

If you are interested and have $2.99, Sunday October 16th is the Giro di Lombardia. You can watch it live and/or archived after the event on

It's the race I saw when I was in Italy and goes past the Madonna del Ghisallo Church.I think it is one of the best and most beautiful races of all the classics.I hope to go back someday to do it again.

Giro di Lombardia: "The Race of the Falling Leaves"

Madonna del Ghisallo Church

2006 Bettini wins Lombardi just days after's his brother's death.

Bettini won the first race of the 2006 season, the Trofeo Soller, which is part of the Challenge Mallorca. He also won the Gran Premio di Lugano, two stages in the Tirreno–Adriatico and the 15th stage in the Giro d'Italia, where he won the points classification (maglia ciclamino). Following the Giro he became the Italian road champion and won a stage at the Vuelta a EspaƱa before winning the world championship.

His brother Sauro died in a car accident a few days after that victory and Bettini was close to abandoning cycling. He changed his mind and won the Giro di Lombardia in tears.

On 2 March 2007, the French magazine Velo awarded Bettini its Velo d'Or as best rider of 2006

I wish I could get a copy of this poster

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