92nd Giro di Lombardia 1998 (Italy)


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian



World Champion Rides Away

The 92nd edition of the Giro di Lombardia raced from Varese to the northern Italian Town of Bergamo. It was held on the same race course used since 1995 with minor changes and additions. This year the organizers a minor tweak to the course taking out the Colle del Gallo, which was 30 km from the finish and adding the Colle Aperto, which is only 4 kms from the finish in Bergamo.

Swiss Oscar Camenzine came to the start in Varese after winning the World Championship Road Race one week earlier. Camenzine beat Michael Boogerd (Ned) and Michelle Bartoli (Ita) to earn the 1998 Rainbow Jersey. They were all present for the Giro di Lombardia and were all very keen on taking the “Race of the Falling Leaves" victory.

The peloton rode together over the summit of the Forcella di Burra. Camenzine and Boogerd attacked and separated from the peloton on the descent of the Colle Aperto into Bergano. After hesitating Bartoli and Pascal Richard reacted but it was too late. Camenzine and Boogerd rode into Bergamo with over a one minute lead.

World Champion Oscar Camenzine winning Lombardia

Oscar Camenzine powered away from a tiring Boogerd in the sprint and rode to the prestigious Giro di Lombardia victory.

GdL October 17, 1998
262 Km, Varese-Bergamo

1. Oscar CAMENZINE (Sui) 5h59’01”

2. Michael Boogerd (Ned) +6"

3. Felice Puttini (Sui) +1'21"

Starters: 195
Finishers: 42
Average Speed: 42.282 km/h


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