Movie out this autumn gives riders' perspective on the Race of the Falling Leaves ...

The Spring Classics may be over, with the final Monument of 2011, the Giro di Lombardia, a seemingly distant prospect – there’s the small matter of the three Grand Tours and the World Championships to be raced first. Without wishing the summer away, however, we thought it worth flagging up what looks like being a fascinating film to be released later this year following the fortunes of Dutch riders taking part in last year’s Race of the Falling Leaves.

Man-of-the-moment Philippe Gilbert has won the last two editions of the late-season race, but the film, entitled Il Lombardia, focuses on current Dutch riders Karsten Kroon, Robert Gesink and Johnny Hoogerland, and also includes interviews with one of only two men from the Netherlands to have won the race, Jo de Roo, victor in 1962 and 1963.

Also featured are ex-Dutch pro Michael Boogerd and two-time winner and now Italian national coach, Paolo Bettini. Although the trailer is in Dutch, the finished film, which will be released in the autumn, will have English subtitles.

The film is written and directed by Johannes Sigmond and produced by Pankra and Polka Dot Jersey.


Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.