Piccolo Giro di Lombardia: 92 years of history and springboard for future champions

On Sunday 4th October 2020 the Piccolo Giro di Lombardia, the international cycling classic for the Under 23 category scheduled at Oggiono (Lecco), will celebrate its ninety-second edition. A 92 years long history, faithful to tradition, but continuously devoted to the future with the aim of launching young champions into the pro world. The most recent example is that of the winner of the 2019 edition, Andrea Bagioli from Valtellina, who spent this year as a professional with the Deceuninck - Quick-Step and has already impressed everyone with two fine stage victories, one at the Tour de l'Ain and one at the Settimana Coppi e Bartali where he also contributed to the team time trial.

The first edition of the Piccolo Giro di Lombardia dates back to 1911. It is an era of ferment and great changes in Italy and the world. It is the year in which the 50th anniversary of the unification of Italy is celebrated, the fourth Giolitti government is elected, Italy enters the war against Libya and the Italo-Turkish war breaks out, it is established in Europe for the first time, Women's Day, there is the launch of the Titanic, Guglielmo Marconi telgraphed for the first time a message from Italy to America, Carlo Galetti won the Giro d'Italia in Rome and Pro Vercelli won its third Italian football championship.

A whole other world, another era, distant, very distant times, but the passion for cycling and the desire to always improve have remained intact over the years, contributing to make this event more and more important. Over the decades there have been several organizations that have contributed to writing the history of this event.

Recent history, on the other hand, begins in 2010 with the new era of the Velo Club Oggiono, a dynamic organisation headed by president Daniele Fumagalli and numerous collaborators who in ten years have given even more prestige to Lombardia baby. Start and finish in Oggiono, in the province of Lecco, with a route that also covers the provinces of Como, Monza Brianza and Bergamo, retracing some stretches of the pro race.

An history that continues with its tradition, unchanged charm and a touch of constant innovation. The classic for young riders which is the ideal springboard to enter the world of the greats. This will also be the case on nect October 4th, for the 92nd edition of the Piccolo Giro di Lombardia, when the best young talents of world cycling will try to write their name in the prestigious roll of honour of the race, to succeed Andrea Bagioli and other champions just to mention some of the winners of recent years, we remember: Robert Stannard, Aleksandr Riabushenko, Gianni Moscon, Fausto Masnada, Davide Villella, Jan Polanc, Stefano Garzelli, Maurizio Fondriest, Moreno Argentin.