A great battle is expected on the course of Strade Bianche on Saturday 9 March. Last year’s winner, Tiesj Benoot, and many other champions are also announced at the start, including the 2018 Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas, multiple Grand Tour champion Vincenzo Nibali, previous Strade Bianche winners Moreno Moser (2013) and Zdenek Stybar (2015) and his team mate Julian Alaphilippe, Olympic Champion Greg Van Avermaet and former Cyclocross World Champion Wout van Aert amongst many others. In the Men’s race the 21 teams are each made up of seven riders, while the 21 Women’s teams will be composed of six athletes each – with dossard no 1 to be worn by last year’s winner and UCI Road World Champion, Anna van der Breggen.
UCI WORLDTEAMS – 21 teams of 7 riders each – 18 teams invited by UCI rules
UCI Professional Continental Teams – 3 wild cards
UCI Women’s Teams – 21 teams of 6 riders each – 14 teams invited by UCI rules
7 wild cards
SUNDAY 10 MARCH – THE GRAN FONDO
On Sunday 10 March, over the very same course as the women’s pro race the previous day, the Gran Fondo will see 5,000 sportive riders taking on the Strade Bianche of the Terre di Siena. At the start of the sportive race, members of Team Sky will line up, including riders Gianni Moscon and Leonardo Basso and Sport Directors Matteo Tosatto and Dario David Cioni.