Tour of Lombardy 2016: Favourites

The Tour of Lombardy has always been a grueling classic with lots of climbs. Yet, the 2016 edition brings even more vertical metres than recent years. The finale is marked by a short and steep cobbled climb and a tricky descent. Who are the favourites to win Il Lombardia 2016?

The fifth Monument of the season is played out on a route with 4.400 vertical metres, scattered through the Alps-region between Como and Bergamo, where the torture ends with a steep cobbled climb up to the old town, Alto Bergamo, and a challenging descent to the finish line.

The 2014 edition of the Race of the Falling Leaves featured the same finale. Back then, Daniel Martin tasted the sweetness of success after a season that had turned sour until then. This year he was no so unfortunate, in fact he had a good season. Is he up for a second victory in Il Lombardia?

Favourites Tour of Lombardy

*** Daniel Martin, Rui Costa, Tim Wellens, Fabio Aru, Samuel Sánchez
** Philippe Gilbert, Julian Alaphilipe, Tom Dumoulin, Rigoberto Uran, Wout Poels
* Greg Van Avermaet, Bauke Mollema, Jan Bakelants, Joaquim Rodriguez, Michael Albasini

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