Il Lombardia will be the final monument of the season on the 8th of October, but on the same day the spotlight will be over the border in Grenchen, Switzerland, as Filippo Ganna will be riding the Hour Record in an attempt to beat the current record.
"We think this is an inappropriate date," race organizers RCS said in a statement however, against the decision to place the event on the same day. "Two events of international level and of great importance for cycling should not take place on the same day. We hope that a solution will be found so that cycling fans can enjoy both events
Ganna, a resident in Lombardia, will not take place in the mountainous race. Before the off-season, the former World time-trial champion will attempt to beat the Hour Record, a goal he set himself up for in August following the Tour de France, but instead his teammate - staff, not rider - Dan Bigham took his spot and set a new record of 55.548 kilometers.
The Italian will keep his initial plans to target the achievement in 2022, aiming at the end of the season. The signs have not been the best however, with the Tour de France results being relatively underwhelming, and the recent World Championships have seen him finish in seventh place.