Before the start of the Press Conference, the Deputy Director of Fondazione Monte Paschi, Marco Forte, and the Head of Sport of Siena Municipality, Leonardo Tafani, gave a warm welcome to those attending.
Peter Sagan: “This is for sure a very nice race, different from all the others because of the gravel roads. It’s beautiful to ride it and also to watch it from a spectator’s point of view. I’m certainly motivated, if not, why come here? Although I can’t say I won’t come back if I don’t win tomorrow… I’ll come back anyway because I just like it, from my very first experience here even though I wasn’t lucky. I was in an Italian team and I was already around here for Tirreno-Adriatico. But I crashed after 60km of racing, I had a flat tyre on the Sante Marie climb and the race was finished for me. It’s a fun race whatever happens. I actually don’t know what will happen. I only know there will be a winner and, if it shall be rainy, it will rain on everyone. It might make the race more dangerous but also easier if it shakes up the peloton. I don’t know because I’ve never raced on those gravel roads under rainy conditions.”
Amalie Dideriksen: “It’s my first time taking part in the Strade Bianche. I’m looking forward to it. I went to reconnoitre the last 30km today. It’s going to be very hard. The two previous winners [Megan Guarnier and Lizzie Deignan] are in my own team [Boels Dolmans], so I already took advice from them for this race.”