91st Tour of Lombardy, World Cup Event 10

Italy, October 18, 1997

1996 results


1997 results


Varese-Bergamo 250 km, via the climbs of:

Olgiate Comasco         415m -  34.5 km
Valbrona                494m -  72.9 km
Madonna del Ghisallo    754m -  94.7 km
Colle Brianza           558m - 125.1 km
Roncola                 854m - 157.0 km
Colle Valpiana          989m - 180.0 km
Colle de Gallo          753m - 230.0 km
Varese			       250.0 km

Recent Winners

1987 Moreno Argentin (Ita) 
1988 Charly Mottet (Fra) 
1989 Tony Rominger (Swi) 
1990 Gilles Delion (Fra) 
1991 Sean Kelly (Ire) 
1992 Tony Rominger (Swi) 
1993 Pascal Richard (Swi) 
1994 Vladislav Bobrik (Rus) 
1995 Gianni Faresin (Ita)
1996 Andrea Tafi (Ita)

Most Victories since 1965

 Fausto Coppi (Ita)  5
 Alfredo Binda (Ita) 4


The tenth and last World Cup race of the year, which will determine the winner of the World Cup, with six riders within reach of the overall win. The lead is held by Rolf Sorensen with 275 points, but the Dane has closed his season due to a fracture of the hand. Sorensen is followed by Michele Bartoli (240), Davide Rebellin (214), Andrea Tafi and Ukranian Andrei Tchmil (212) and Maximilian Sciandri (183). The victory would represent 100 points.

The start of the 91st Giro di Lombardia will be on Saturday at Varese at 10.00 am the route goes over 250 km and is identical to the 1996 edition which was won by Andrea Tafi, with the climbs of Ghisallo (km 94), Colle Brianza (km 125), Roncola-Valpiana (km 160) & Colle Gallo (km 220).

Michele Bartoli, Davide Rebellin and Andrea Tafi come home to Italy this weekend for one last bid to wrench this season's World Cup title from Rolf Sorensen of Denmark.

The Italian trio start Saturday's 250 km Tour of Lombardy within sight in the overall standings of leader Sorensen, whose season is over because of injury.

Bartoli, who closed the gap on the Dane when he picked up 12 points in the last World Cup event -- the Paris-Tours race earlier this month -- is the best-placed challenger.

With 240 points in the standings to Sorensen's 275, the MG-Techogym rider needs a top five finish in the last World Cup race of the season to deprive him of the title.

Rebellin, who shot back into contention by winning the Swiss Grand Prix in August, and Tafi, who won here last year, sit a little further back with 214 and 212 points respectively.

Ukraine's Andrei Chmil and Britian's Max Sciandri, first and second respectively in the Paris-Tours, also have outside chances of overall World Cup victory.

Saturday's 91st Tour of Lombardy starts in Varese, in the heart of the northern Italian lakes, and finishes in Bergamo, east of Milan.

The main climbs are in the second half of the race, starting with the 558-metre Colle Brianza after 125 kms.

The riders then face the toughest ascent of the day at the Colle Roncolo, rising to 989 metres at the Colle Valpiana, just north of Bergamo.

The route then veers away from the city to the short but steep Colle del Gallo, just 30 km from the end, before looping back into Bergamo for the finish.

The battle for the World Cup title aside, Saturday's race will feature many of the competitors from the world championships in San Sebastian, including men's road race winner Laurent Brochard of France and compatriots Richard Virenque and Laurent Jalabert.

Bo Hamburger, who took silver behind Brochard in Spain, can do his compatriot Sorensen a favour by edging out the Italians in what is likely to be a sprint finish in Bergamo.

1997 Race distance - 250 kms:

  1. Laurent Jalabert (Fra) ONCE	     5.48.44 (43,012 km/h)
  2. Paolo Lanfranchi (Ita) Mapei-GB            s.t. 
  3. Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Saeco           s.t. 
  4. Michele Bartoli (Ita) MG-Technogym      	0.03
  5. Paolo Valoti (Ita) Cantina              	1.07
  6. Axel Merckx (Bel) Polti                 	1.30
  7. Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-GB                	1.31
  8. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Francaise des Jeux	1.32
  9. Wladimir Belli (Ita) Brescialat         	2.21
 10. Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) MG-Technogym
 11. Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Festina-Lotus
 12. Laurent Brochard (Fra) Festina-Lotus
 13. Alessandro Baronti (Ita) Asics
 14. Laurent Roux (Fra) TVM
 15. Scott Sunderland (Aus) GAN
 16. Melchior Mauri (Spa) ONCE
 17. Maximilian Sciandri (GB) Francaise des Jeux
 18. Bo Hamburger (Den) TVM
 19. Franco Ballerini (Ita) Mapei-GB
 20. Bert Dietz (Ger) Telekom
 21. Beat Zberg (Swi) Mercatone-Uno
 22. Sergio Barbero (Ita) Mercatone-Uno
 23. Thibout (Fra)
 24. Oscar Pellicioli (Ita) Mercatone-Uno
 25. Gianluca Valoti (Ita) Polti              all s.t.
 26. Simeoni (Ita)
 27. Richard Virenque (Fra)
 28. Mauro Gianetti (Swi)
 29. Gianni Faresin (Ita) 			4.17
 30. Gianni Bugno (Ita) Mapei              	4.17
 31. Alex Zülle (Swi) ONCE
 32. Christian Henn (Ger) Telekom		6.10
 33. Cedric Vasseur (Fra) GAN
 34. Celestino (Ita)
 35. Maurizio Fondriest (Ita) Cofidis       	6.10 
 36. M. Zberg (Swi)
 37. Serpellini (Ita)
 38. Piotr Ugrumov (Rus)
 39. Erik Breukink (Ned) Rabobank
 40. Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank 
 41. Cattai (Ita)
 42. Jeker (Swi)
 43. Jan (Fra)
 44. Volpi (Ita)
 45. Brignoli (Ita)
 46. Chiurato (Ita)
 47. Noč (Ita)
 48. Mazzanti (Ita)
 49. Puttini (Swi)
 50. Teteriuk (Kaz)			10.50
 51. Luco Scinto (Ita)
 52. Moerenhout (Ned)
 53. Bessy (Fra)
 54. Leanizbarrutia (Spa)
 55. Pascal Richard (Swi) Casino
 56. Dolci (Ita)

173 starters 56 finishers
Since 1995, the Tour of Lombardy has been raced between Varese and Bergamo. Jalabert's winning time at an average speed of 43,012 was faster than Gianni Faresin in 1995 (avs 42.116 km/h) and Andrea Tafi in 1996 (avs 42,642)

Final World Cup Standings

 1. Michele Bartoli (Ita) MG-Technogym      		280 points
 2. Rolf Sorensen (Den) Rabobank         		275
 3. Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-GB                		240
 4. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Francaise des Jeux		238
 5. Laurent Jalabert (Fra) ONCE	    			214
 6. Andrei Tchmil (Rus) Lotto           		212
 7. Maximilian Sciandri (GB) Francaise des Jeux		192
 8. Beat Zberg (Swi) Mercatone-Uno            		140
 9. Albert Elli (Ita)             			120
10. Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Festina-Lotus		115
11. Davide Casaratto (Ita) Scrigno                	112
12. Alexander Gontchenkov (Rus) Roslotto   		106
12. Jo Planckaert (Bel) Lotto             		106
14. Henk Vogels (Australia) GAN                      	101
15. Johan Museeuw (Bel) Mapei                    	 95
16. Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Roslotto                	 90
17. Richard Virenque (Fra) Festina                	 68
18. Laurent Roux (Fra) TVM                        	 67
19. Mauro Gianetti (Swi) Francaise des Jeux  		 65
20. Franco Ballerini (Ita) Mapei-GB                   	 59
Note: Race organisers said Bortolami's 115 points remained
unofficial because he had not competed in enough World Cup races
during the season to be included in the final standings.

Final World Cup for Teams

 1. La Francaise des Jeu (Fra) 	82 points
 2. Mapei-GB (Ita) 		57
 3. TVM (Ned) 			48
 4. Festina (Fra) 		42
 5. Rabobank (Ned) 		42
 6. Lotto (Bel) 		41
 7. Telekom (Ger) 		40
 8. Team Polti (Ita) 		31
 9. Gan (Fra) 			26
10. Scrigno-Gaerne (Ita) 	24

12. MG-Technogym (Ita) 		17
16. Asics-CGA (Ita) 		12 

Previous Team Winners: 

1989 PDM
1990 PDM
1991 Panasonic
1992 Panasonic
1993 GB-MG
1994 GB-MG
1995 Mapei-GB
1996 Mapei-GB
1997 La Francaise des Jeux


Italy's Michele Bartoli won the 1997 cycling World Cup on Saturday when he finished fourth in the Tour of Lombardy to oust Denmark's Rolf Sorensen from the top of the overall standings.

Bartoli had entered the final event of the series needing a top five finish to overhaul the Dane, who missed the 250-km race from Varese to Bergamo due to injury.

The Italian ignored several breaks from the pelaton as it wound eastwards through the northern Italian lake district over the tough Colle Brianza and Colle Valpiana climbs.

Thirty kilometres from the finish, Bartoli, perhaps sensing that Laurent Jalabert was the man in form, stuck to the Frenchman's wheel when he broke from the peloton on the Colle de Gallo.

Italy's Paolo Lanfranchi and Francesco Casagrande also went with them on the descent into Bergamo.

The pack failed to respond and the four riders opened up a minute's lead giving Bartoli the space he needed to assure himself overall World Cup victory.

When the group approached the finish, the 27-year-old from Pisa left the other three riders to contest the sprint while he free-wheeled over the line in fourth -- taking one last look over his shoulder as he did so.

Jalabert won the sprint to claim his second victory in Italy in four days following his success in the Milan-Turin race on Wednesday.

Lanfranchi pipped Casagrande for second with the first three riders all clocking five hours 48 minutes and 45 seconds -- a record for the Tour of Lombardy.

Bartoli's fourth-place finish earned him 40 points to give him a total for the season of 280, five more than Sorensen.

Italy's Andrea Tafi, who finished seventh, was third overall on 240 points ahead of compatriot Davide Rebellin on 238 and Jalabert on 214.

Saturday's result was a bitter blow for Sorensen, who has twice before finished third in the World Cup.

He had built up a commanding overall lead over the summer but fell in a minor race just before the Paris-Tours classic earlier this month, injuring his hand.

The Dane was in Bergamo on Saturday to see Bartoli deprive him of victory in the last round of the series.

Bartoli becomes the fourth Italian to win the World Cup following successes for Giani Bugno, Maurizio Fondriest and Gianluca Bortalami.

91 Years of History

1905 Gerbi
1906 Brambilla
1907 Garrigou
1908 Faber
1909 Cuniolo
1910 Micheletto
1911 H. Pelissier
1912 Oriani
1913 H. Pelissier
1914 Bordin
1915 Belloni
1916 Torricelli
1917 Thys
1918 Belloni
1919 Girardengo
1920 H. Pelissier
1921 Girardengo
1922 Girardengo
1923 Brunero
1924 Brunero
1925 Binda
1926 Binda
1927 Binda
1928 Belloni
1929 Fossati
1930 M. Mara
1931 Binda
1932 Negrini
1933 Piemontesi
1934 Guerra
1935 Mollo
1936 Bartali
1937 Bini
1938 Cinelli
1939 Bartali
1940 Bartali
1941 Ricci
1942 Bini
1945 Ricci
1946 Coppi
1947 Coppi
1948 Coppi
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1950 Soldani
1951 L. Bobet
1952 Minardi
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1955 Maule
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1957 Ronchini
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1959 Van Looy
1960 Daems
1961 Taccone
1962 De Roo
1963 De Roo 
1964 Motta
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1969 Monseré
1970 Bitossi
1971 Merckx
1972 Merckx
1973 Gimondi
1974 R. De Vlaeminck
1975 F. Moser
1976 R. De Vlaeminck
1977 G.B. Baronchelli
1978 F. Moser
1979 Hinault
1980 De Wolf
1981 Kuiper
1982 Saronni
1983 Kelly
1984 Hinault
1985 Kelly
1986 G.B. Baronchelli
1987 Argentin
1988 Mottet
1989 Rominger
1990 Delion
1991 Kelly
1992 Rominger
1993 Richard
1994 Bobrik
1995 Faresin
1996 Tafi
1997 Jalabert