Here we are on the eve of Il Lombardia, the race of the falling leaves. Everyone is hanging out their leg warmers hoping that they will be filled by father cycling with an explosive race and Sagan’s swan song with Tinkoff. But will there be nothing left to eat on boxing Lombardia but stale energy bars and bitter regret. Only time will tell. Luckily however the race organisers for tomorrow’s tea ride have opted out of 4500m of climbing around lake como and will instead be taking in the scenic lanes of Buckinghamshire.
Favourites for first back at the pub include Castlemead Dave and Diego Ulissi.