03 March 2018

Benoot gets first kiss

Belgium’s Tiesj Benoot of Lotto Soudal claimed the first victory of his career aged 23, three years after he took fifth place at the Tour of Flanders on his pro debut. He won the Strade Bianche in a solo effort after leaving breakaway riders Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Wout Van Aert (Verandas Willems – Crelan) behind. It was also a breakthrough result for the career of Van Aert, the triple cyclocross World Champion, who proved how well he can perform in the Spring classics, too.   STRADE BIANCHE FINAL RESULT 1 – Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) 184 km in 5h03’33”, average speed 36.369km/h 2 – Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) at 39” 3 – Wout Van Aert (Verandas Willems – Crelan) at 58” Download the race results   Olympic Champion Anna Van der Breggen (Boels Dolman Cycling Team) became the fourth winner of the women’s Strade Bianche ahead of Katarzyna Niewadoma (Canyon // SRAM Cycling), who came second for the third straight time, and 2017’s victor Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) who took third place this year. Van der Breggen took victory after making a solo move with 15km to go.   STRADE BIANCHE NAMEDSPORT> WOMEN ELITE FINAL RESULT 1 – Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) 136km in 4h10’48”, average speed 32.536km/h 2 – Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon // SRAM Cycling) at 49” 3 – Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) at 59” Dowload the race results… .

03 March 2018

Tiesj Benoot wins the 2018 Strade Bianche NAMEDSPORT>

The Belgian rider Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) has won the 12th edition of Strade Bianche NAMEDSPORT>; part of the UCI WorldTour, the race covered 184km from Siena (Fortezza Medicea) to Siena (Piazza del Campo). Taking the win on the finish line of the historic square, Benoot beat Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Wout Van Aert (Verandas Willems – Crelan).   FINAL RESULT 1 – Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) 184 km in 5h03’33”, average speed 36.369km/h 2 – Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) at 39” 3 – Wout Van Aert (Verandas Willems – Crelan) at 58”   QUOTES Speaking seconds after the finish, a victorious Tiesj Benoot said: “I didn’t expect to go so well. I decided to continue solo after I bridged the gap to Van Aert and Bardet. It was the right move. It’s really nice to finally get my first pro win. There were a lot of expectations of me after I finished 5th at the Tour of Flanders three years ago – Belgian journalists put a lot of pressure on me. I knew I’d win something big one day – it’s today – and I knew Strade Bianche would be a good opportunity for me to do so.”   Press conference interviews and further details to follow.

03 March 2018

Anna van der Breggen wins the 2018 Strade Bianche NAMEDSPORT> Women Elite

The Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) has taken a solo victory in the fourth edition of Strade Bianche Women Elite NamedSport; the race, the first in this year’s UCI Women’s WorldTour, covered 136km from Siena (Fortezza Medicea) to Siena (Piazza del Campo). Van der Breggen crossed the finish line of the historic square alone, 49” ahead of Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon // SRAM Cycling) and 59” ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5).   FINAL RESULT 1 – Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) 136km in 4h10’48”, average speed 32.536km/h 2 – Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon // SRAM Cycling) at 49” 3 – Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) at 59”   QUOTES Speaking seconds after the finish, a victorious Anna van der Breggen said: “I have no idea why I decided to attack from so far out but I just felt good at that moment – the steep sections were perfect for making a difference. To win the race today comes from circumstances: it was a quite epic race, maybe the hardest race I’ve ever done. At the finish I was feeling strange and empty; it means a lot to me to win the Strade Bianche.”   Press conference interviews and further details to follow.

03 March 2018

Good morning from the Strade Bianche!

The men’s edition of the ‘Northern Classic in the South of Europe’, now in its 12th edition, organised by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport and part of the UCI WorldTour calendar, started today from Siena at 10:43 with 146 riders. Did not start: dossard number 167, Maarten Wynants (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo).   In the men’s Strade Bianche NamedSport eyes will be focused on many champions such as last year’s winner Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky), Gianni Moscon (Team Sky), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Moreno Moser (Astana Pro Team), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain – Merida), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team), Peter Sagan (Bora – Hansgrohe), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team), Philippe Gilbert and Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data), Sep Vanmarcke (Team EF Education First – Drapac P/B Cannondale), Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), Wout Van Aert (Verandas Willems – Crelan).   Discover the route of the 12th Strade Bianche NAMEDSPORT> (184km, 11 sectors and 63km on gravel roads – 34.2% of the course)   The women’s race, Strade Bianche Women Elite NamedSport and the UCI Women’s WorldTour opening race, started this morning at 09:12 with 137 riders. Did not start: dossard number 92, Marta Tagliaferro (Cylance Pro Cycling).   Among the women who will challenge for victory the favourites are last year’s winner Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5), Sofia Beggin and Sofia Bertizzolo (Astana Women’s Team), Anna Van

02 March 2018

The Champions’ Prelude in Piazza del Campo, Siena

The press conference on the eve of the Strade Bianche NamedSport and the Strade Bianche Women Elite NamedSport, both UCI WorldTour Calendar races, featured the UCI Road World Champion, Peter Sagan, UCI Cyclocross World Champion, Wout Van Aert and last year’s winners, Michał Kwiatkowski and Elisa Longo Borghini, speaking in the breathtaking Palazzo Sansedoni – Fondazione Monte dei Paschi (the headquarters of the race), in Piazza del Campo, Siena.   Michał Kwiatkowski: “I’m really happy to be here as the winner of last year. There’s a little pressure for that reason but I’ve had a great winter in preparation and also done two stage races. I had some wonderful racing in the Algarve and a wonderful period over the last two weeks coming in to Strade Bianche. I have to be happy – even with weather. The conditions will make this edition unique. It’ll be a great race!”   Elisa Longo Borghini: “I’m happy to be here because I won last year so it’s an honour to race on these roads again. I’m not at my best yet but it’d be nice to win another RCS organized race. For sure, the weather will be a factor: the temperatures will be low for our 9am start and there are a lot of strong teams here.”   Peter Sagan: “I don’t know what will happen tomorrow but I don’t think the weather will be good. I’ve been training at altitude, so right now it’s difficult.. .

02 March 2018

Strade Bianche NAMEDSPORT> 2018 on TV

The Strade Bianche NAMEDSPORT> will be broadcasted as follows: Strade Bianche NAMEDSPORT> MEN Italy RAI Sport +HD, 03/03/2018, 13:50-14:50 CET, Live RAI 2, 03/03/2018, 14:50-16:20 CET, Live Europe Eurosport 2, 03/03/2018, 14:00-15:30 CET, Live Francia : L’Equipe, 03/03/2018, 13:30-16:00 CET, Live Belgio: EEN, 03/03/2018, 13:50-15:50 CET, Live Africa Kwese Sport 1, 03/03/2018, 14:50-16:50 CAT, Live South-Africa: SS6, 03/03/2018, 14:50-16:50 CAT, Live USA & Canada fubo.tv, 03/03/2018, 07:50-09:50 EST, Diretta South-America ESPN, 03/03/2018, 09:50-11:50 ART, Live WatchESPN, 03/03/2018, 09:50-11:50 BRT, Live AustralAsia Eurosport Asia Pacific, 03/03/2018, 14:00-15:30 CET, Live Japan DAZN, 03/03/2018, 21:50-23:50 JST, Live New Zeland SKY NZ  SKY Sport 4, 04/03/2018, 01:50-03:50 NZST, Live Strade Bianche NAMEDSPORT> WOMEN ELITE Italy RAI Sport +HD, 03/03/2018, 17:00-18:00 CET, delayed Europe Eurosport Player, 03/03/2018, 12:25-13:25 CET, Live Paesi Bassi, Eurosport 1, 03/03/2018 17:00-18:00 CET, delayed Francia, L’Equipe, 03/03/2018, 16:00-17:00 CET, delayed Belgio, EEN, 03/03/2018, 12:25-12:55 CET, Live Belgio, Canvas, 03/03/2018, 12:55-13:25 CET, Live Africa SS6, 03/03/2018, 13:25-14:25 CAT, Live Kwese Sport 1, 03/03/2018 13:25-14:25 CAT, Live USA & Canada tv, 03/03/2018, 06:25-07:25 EST, Live Brasil WatchESPN, 03/03/2018, 08:25-09:25 BRT, Live New Zeland SKY Sport 4, 04/03/2018, 00:25-01:25 NZST, Live    

16 February 2018

2018 Strade Bianche: extra wild card team added to the men’s race

The Men’s and Women’s provisional entry lists are announced – 21 men’s teams will start, with the addition of Belgium’s Veranda’s Willems – Crelan.  Wout Van Aert of Veranda’s Willems – Crelan has been recently crowned UCI Cyclocross World Champion for the third consecutive time, the same number of consecutive victories as the UCI Road World Champion, Peter Sagan. A great duel is expected between them on the course of Strade Bianche, on Saturday 3 March, with many other champions also announced at the start, including last year’s winner, Michał Kwiatkowski. Race organiser RCS Sport has added an extra wild card for the race, increasing the number of teams at the start to 21, each with seven riders for a total of 147. In the women’s race there will be 24 teams at the start, each with six, totalling riders 144 riders. Dossard nr 1 will be worn by last year’s winner, Elisa Longo Borghini. UCI WORLDTEAMS – 18 (eligible) – total of 21 teams of 7 riders each AG2R LA MONDIALE – Bardet, Latour ASTANA PRO TEAM – Moser, Grivko BAHRAIN – MERIDA – Nibali, Colbrelli BMC RACING TEAM – Van Avermaet, Küng BORA – HANSGROHE – Sagan, Oss FDJ – Roux, Roy LOTTO SOUDAL – Benoot, Marczynski MITCHELTON – SCOTT – Durbridge, Juul Jensen MOVISTAR TEAM – Amador, Bennati QUICK – STEP FLOORS – Gilbert, Stybar TEAM DIMENSION DATA – Boasson Hagen, Eisel TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST –.. .

31 January 2018

Strade Bianche 2018 and its Gran Fondo: a new challenge is ready in Terre di Siena

On Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March the Strade Bianche and Gran Fondo Strade Bianche get the Italian cycling season officially underway. Starting on the Saturday with the men’s and then the women’s UCI WorldTour pro races, with 24 teams announced for the women’s, followed on the Sunday by the sportive Gran Fondo Strade Bianche race. Siena institutions and RCS Sport / RCS Active Team have worked tirelessly to ensure that this first great weekend of Italian cycling goes ahead in its traditional racing calendar slot despite the weekend’s clash with the Italian general election. Thanks to a huge collective effort, on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March, the men and women of “Europe’s most Southern Northern Classic” and its Gran Fondo – a record edition with 5,000 starters – will be held on the Terre di Siena. All the races, as per last year, will each start from the Medici Fortress and end amidst the unique scenery of Piazza del Campo. 12th STRADE BIANCHE NAMEDSPORT – 184km, 11 sectors and 63km on gravel roads (34.2% of the course) The men’s race, which was officially elevated to the top tier of elite of professional racing last year, is now a key race of the UCI WorldTour calendar. Last year’s winner Michał Kwiatkowski arrived solo in Piazza del Campo before, going on to win Milano-Sanremo two weeks later. Discover the route >>> Stats: A race for northern athletes – all the.. .

20 January 2018

Strade Bianche and UCI Worldtour 2018 Wild Cards

RCS Sport announced today its selection of wild card teams that will participate at four out of its five UCI WorldTour races: Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milano-Sanremo and Giro d’Italia. Il Lombardia wild cards will be announced later in the season, after evaluating all the results of the teams that have requested participation at the race. UCI WORLDTEAMS – 18 (eligible) AG2R LA MONDIALE ASTANA PRO TEAM BAHRAIN – MERIDA BMC RACING TEAM BORA – HANSGROHE FDJ LOTTO SOUDAL MITCHELTON – SCOTT MOVISTAR TEAM QUICK – STEP FLOORS TEAM DIMENSION DATA TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO TEAM SKY TEAM SUNWEB TREK – SEGAFREDO UAE TEAM EMIRATES STRADE BIANCHE (3 March) – 2 wild cards (20 teams of 7 riders each) ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC NIPPO – VINI FANTINI – EUROPA OVINI TIRRENO-ADRIATICO (7-13 March) – 4 wild cards (22 teams of 7 riders each) GAZPROM – RUSVELO ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY NIPPO – VINI FANTINI – EUROPA OVINI WILIER TRIESTINA – SELLE ITALIA MILANO-SANREMO (17 March) – 7 wild cards (25 teams of 7 riders each) BARDIANI CSF COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS GAZPROM – RUSVELO ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY NIPPO – VINI FANTINI – EUROPA OVINI TEAM NOVO NORDISK WILIER TRIESTINA – SELLE ITALIA GIRO D’ITALIA (4-27 May) – 4 wild cards (22 teams of 8 riders each) ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC BARDIANI CSF ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY WILIER TRIESTINA – SELLE ITALIA

15 November 2017

Three-year partnership between RCS Sport and Shimano Italy

RCS Sport and Shimano Italy are proud to announce a three-year partnership for neutral support at a host of UCI WorldTour races, including the Strade Bianche.   Shimano Italy’s neutral support provision exists to ensure riders can continue to successfully complete their event in the face of mechanical issues. Much like Shimano’s neutral support provision in Spain and the Benelux countries, mechanics in cars or on motorbikes will provide support on the road, while mechanics at neutral support zones at selected points along the route will provide help and assistance to riders.   In-race support from Shimano will be provided also at Giro d’Italia, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milano-Sanremo, GranPiemonte, Milano-Torino and Il Lombardia.