30 September, 1. HC, Italy Emilia is one of Italy's most venerable one-day races. It dates back to 1909, which makes it the same age as the Giro d'Italia, four years younger than Il Lombardia and two years younger than Milan-San Remo. Perhaps if circumstances had turned out di ferently, it could have become a monument. Either way, the 100th edition of the race, which has been given special dispensation by the UCI to exceed 200km, will be a prestigious a fair. Emilia has a varied and telegenic parcours, with one of the most spectacular uphill inishes in the sport. The 4km-long Madonna di San Luca is the crux of the course - it is not only a tough climb, but it's lined by the colonnade of the Portico di San Luca whose 666 arches count down the metres to the top. Last year's winner: Esteban Chaves, who went on to take out Il Lombardia.