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 –.. .