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Retro LOMBARDIA 1905: Gerbi The “Red Devil”

The Giro di Lombardia was born in 1905, and Giovanni Gerbi – called the red devil – was the first winner. The story of his break – planned in a devilish way, and realized with so much strength – has become a well known legend, which has the taste of a fable both ingenious and malicious.

Inside the 1952 Giro Di Lombardia Official Program

Lombardia Retro: Utter confusion was the look on my face when Alessandro handed me the old newspaper and said it was a gift. Upon closer inspection, I realized I was holding the official program of the 1952 Giro di Lombardia – in mint condition! Once I got over the shock that such a treasure still existed – I couldn’t wait to share it with PEZ-Fans…

Lombardia PEZ: Arrivaderci da Bergamo

'Goodbye from Bergamo' - seems a fitting title for the last race of the pro cycling season "proper". While riders and fans enjoy the last-day-of-school atmosphere, I was living out a wish that's been in the making for almost 10 years - to chase Il Lombardia myself.

Il Lombardia’18: Pinot Crowns Season in Como

France's Thibaut Pinot prevailed in the 112th incarnation of the Giro di Lombardia to bring down the curtain on a remarkable cycling season. The Groupama-FDJ leader held on to the wheel of Italy's Vincenzo Nibali in the terrible Muro di Sormano before dropping "the Shark of Messina" in the race's penultimate climb.

Top Ride: Lombardia Corsa!

Lombardia Ride: Sometimes you gotta point the car at the cliff and give ‘er some stick. Okay, maybe heading out for an awesome solo ride may not be quite the same... but sometimes heading into the unknown is best approached with a ‘give ‘er’ attitude, and as I once again learned on this awesome ride around Lago di Como, the rewards can be worthy of a lifetime.

Top Ride: Ghisallo-Sormano on Lake Como

One of my favorite rides in recent memory, and possibly ever – was a loop from Bellagio, up the Madonna del Ghisallo, then the Colma di Sormano, and back along the shores of Lake Como to my base at Il Perlo Panorama.

Travel: Madonna del Ghisallo Church

The signature climb of the Giro di Lombardia summits at the famous Madonna del Ghisallo church, high above Lake Como in Northern Italy. This tiny 'chiesa' is home to the Patron Saint of Cyclists, and is a must see on any trip to the region...