Newly crowned world champion Philippe Gilbert at the sign-in:
Felice Gimondi, celebrating his 70th birthday, starts the race of 197 riders from 25 teams:
Race favorites: World Champion Philippe Gilbert; Vuelta and Milano-Torino winner Alberto Contador; Giro d’Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal; Joaquin Rodriguez (a specialist in steep climbs); Vincenzo Nibali (splendid protagonist last year), winner of Gran Piemonte Rigoberto Uran Uran; Samuel Sanchez, Ivan Basso, Damiano Cunego (three time winner of Il Lombardia-2004, 2007, 2008); Franco Pelizzotti (Italian Champion), Diego Ulissi and winner of last edition Oliver Zaugg who will start with No. 1.
Live streaming of the race by the Gazzetta dello Sport begins at 2:30 PM (Italy time), in Italian of course, here.
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