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.
A time zone convertor you can use: www.timeanddate.com
Follow on Twitter: ITALIANCYCJOURN
Contact me at email@example.com. There are more than 2,600 stories in this blog. The search feature to the right works best for finding subjects in the blog. There is also a translate button at the bottom so you can translate each page.