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 Der Breggen (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team), Pauline Ferrand Prevot, Elena Cecchini and Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon // Sram Racing), Lucinda Brand and Ellen Van Dijk (Team Sunweb)..

 

Discover the route of the 4th Strade Bianche Women Elite NAMEDSPORT> (136km, 8 sectors and 31.4km on gravel roads (23.1% of the course)

 

WEATHER

  • Siena (09.15 – Women Elite Start): light rain 4°C. Wind: weak – 8kmh.
  • Siena (10.45 – Men Start): rain 6°C. Wind: moderate – 13kmh.
  • Siena (13.15 – Women Elite Finish): rain 8°C. Wind: moderate – 13kmh.
  • Siena (15.30 – Men Finish): rain 10°C. Wind: moderate – 10kmh.