The starters for Strade Bianche Women Elite Eolo and Strade Bianche Eolo have been announced
The men’s race will see the winners of the past two editions, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), at the start line, as well as Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix). Other stars looking to make history at the Piazza del Campo finish line are Davide Ballerini (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) – who won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last Saturday – Tadej Pogačar (UAE-Team Emirates), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana – Premier Tech), João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick- Step), Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal), Greg Van Avermaet (AG2R Citroën Team), Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange), Bauke Mollema (Trek – Segafredo), Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers), Alberto Bettiol (EF Education – Nippo) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team). With two Strade Bianche victories in his pocket, Michał Kwiatkowski (INEOS Grenadiers) will look to match the record of three victories achieved by Fabian Cancellara (2008, 2012 and 2016). Should he succeed, a segment of Strade Bianche will be named in his honour, as happened with the Swiss champion’s name from the 2017 edition.
The women’s race features the winner of the last two editions, Annemiek Van Vleuten (Movistar Team), who would also have a segment of Strade Bianche named in her honour if she was to secure her third successive win.
Road cycling world champion Anna Van Der Breggen (SD Worx) and the Italian Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo Women) are among the contenders, together with Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon Sram Racing), Marta Bastianelli (Alé Btc Ljubljana), Ellen Van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo Women), Marianne Vos (Team Jumbo-Visma Women), Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope) and Elisa Balsamo (Valcar – Travel & Service).