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137 km - Altitude gain 2100mt

Strade Bianche Women Elite

Saturday 02  March 2024 137km Altitude gain 2100mt

Total time: 3:55:43 Withdrawals: 0

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KOPECKY Lotte

TEAM SD WORX

3:55:43

2nd
LONGO BORGHINI Elisa

LIDL - TREK

+ 0:04

3rd
VOLLERING Demi

TEAM SD WORX

+ 0:26

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Strade Bianche Women Elite Crédit Agricole 2024 | Best of

02/03/2024

Best of Strade Bianche Women Elite

  1. Strade Bianche Women Elite

    and LOTTE KOPECKY is the 2024 champion of the Strade Bianche!!!

    13:40:34
  2. Strade Bianche Women Elite

    Victory is a matter between these two

    13:35:27
  3. Strade Bianche Women Elite

    There are few predictable things in this race....

    10:44:27
  4. Strade Bianche Women Elite

    Lotte Kopecky already with her eyes on the finish line?

    10:24:38
  5. Strade Bianche Women Elite

    Can it actually get any more stunning than Siena?

    09:27:25
  6. Strade Bianche Women Elite

    A few new features have been added to the women's route: same length but... more gravel!

    09:01:49

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The course is twisty and undulating, with no extended climbs but with quite a few punchy bits, especially on the unpaved parts. There are more than 40 km of gravel roads across twelve sectors (all shared with the Men’s course). The race starts near the Stadium/Fortezza Medicea in Siena. The first undulating kilometers on tarmac lead to the 2.1 km-long gravel sector 1 at km 18, which is perfectly straight and slightly downhill. Sector 2 (5.8 km) is just a few kilometres away; this will be the first tricky bit of the race, with a short descent followed by a long climb featuring sections over 10%. Upon reaching Radi, the route takes in the third gravel sector (4.4 km), shortly followed by sector 4 – named “La Piana” – that will lead the riders to Ponte d’Arbia. Shortly after, the route reaches Monteroni d’Arbia, which marks the beginning of sector 5 of San Martino in Grania (9.5 km) in the middle of the Crete Senesi. It’s a long sector marked by a sequence of gentle undulations in the first part, and ending with a twisting climb that leads back to paved road. The sixth dirt road sector, Montaperti, is only 800 m in length, but it greets the riders with double-digit gradients. The route goes back on tarmac in Vico d’Arbia where the 30 km circuit will begin.
Final kilometers
The demanding final kilometers approach the city of Siena along wide and straight roads, connected by sweeping curves, initially downhill, and further on slightly uphill. With 2 km to go to the finish, the route takes the Via Esterna di Fontebranda; here the gradient touches 9%. The stone pavement begins 900 m before the finish line, just past the Fontebranda Gate. The gradient is over 10% until 500 m from the finish, reaching its steepest gradient of 16% along Via Santa Caterina. A sharp right-hand turn leads to Via delle Terme, and then to Via Banchi di Sotto. Starting 300 m to the finish onwards, the road is a slight, continuous ascent. With 150 m to go, a right turn leads into Via Rinaldini. The route enters the Piazza del Campo just 70 m from the finish line. The final 30 m descend at a gradient of 7% to the finish line, which is on level road.

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Siena

Siena

Siena is nestled among the gentle Tuscan hills. Here, it feels as if time has stopped at the 13th century, when the city’s artistic and architectural heritage started to develop, earning Siena its endless renown. It has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1995, owing to its well-preserved mediaeval structure. The main square, Piazza del Campo, is the mandatory starting point to describe the city. The square has a unique shell shape, and gently slopes towards the centre. This is where the famous Palio takes place: every year, in summer, the different Contrade (city quarters) challenge each other in a compelling horse race. All around are a number of monumental buildings, such as Palazzo Sansedoni and Palazzo Pubblico. Towering over the square is the majestic Torre del Mangia, built in the 1340s. Soaring an impressive 102 metres, it is just as tall as the Duomo belfry, to symbolize the balance between worldly and divine power. But there is more to Siena than just Piazza del Campo, including little streets and alleys teeming with little shops and craft stores where you can buy local handmade products or taste the famous cantucci cookies with a glass of Vin Santo. Throughout the narrow alleys, all the way to the wide Piazza del Campo, you can actually feel the real atmosphere of this city – contemporary yet ancient, monumental yet lively, all of which makes it the perfect setting for the start and finish of this iconic bicycle race. (Ph. Credits Antonio Cinotti)

Sovicille

Lying at the southern slopes of the Montagnola Senese, Sovicille is the Tuscan town with the highest concentration of parish churches, abbeys, castles and villas. Valuable examples of the Romanesque style are the Pieve (parish church) of Ponte allo Spino, Ponte della Pia, and the polychrome cloister of the Abbey of Torri. The fairy-tale castle of Celsa and the grandiose Villa di Cetinale (a former possession of the Chigi family) are bound to leave you breathless with their charm and grandeur. (Ph. Credits Antonio Cinotti)

Monteroni d'Arbia

The Via Francigena runs through the entire municipal territory of Monteroni d’Arbia. Many historical landmarks can be found along this ancient route, including the castle of Lucignano d’Arbia and its parish church, which already existed back in 913 a.D., and the famous Grancia di Cuna, a majestic fortified farm built in 1314. (Ph. Credits Antonio Cinotti)

Murlo

Murlo is a little, well-preserved mediaeval village lying at the heart of an unspoilt territory. Its inhabitants were found to be the actual descendants of the ancient Etruscans. The village is best known for being home to a unique Etruscan settlement on the surrounding hills: a large princely building surrounded by craft workshops, one of the major findings about this civilisation. (Ph. Credits Antonio Cinotti)

Buonconvento

The village of Buonconvento is still surrounded by the ancient defensive walls, and has retained its original mediaeval appearance. Major landmarks include the belfry (Torre Civica) of the ancient government palace, Palazzo Podestarile. However, wandering the streets of the town is just as evocative, especially in September, when the famous Sagra della Valdarbia brings the love for good food, music, arts and literature together. (Ph. Credits Antonio Cinotti)

Montalcino

Founded by the Etruscans and best known for Brunello wine, Montalcino is a lovely village lying at the mouth of Val d’Orcia. Major landmarks include the 14th century pentagonal fortress with its towers, and a museum housing a collection of late mediaeval art. The Abbey of Sant’Antimo, one of the major examples of Tuscan Romanesque architecture, is a must-see. (Ph. Credits Antonio Cinotti)

San Quirico d’Orcia

San Quirico d’Orcia lies at the heart of a World Heritage landscape that embodies the essence of the Val d’Orcia. The impressive Horti Leonini, created around 1580, are the most popular attraction. Major architectural landmarks also include the Osenna collegiate or parish church (dating back to the 12th-13th century). Bagno Vignoni, the only hamlet in San Quirico d’Orcia, is home to Piazza delle Sorgenti, a large, rectangular 16th century hot spring which is definitely worth a visit. (Ph. Credits Antonio Cinotti)

Pienza

A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996, Pienza was hometown to Pope Pius II, who considered it the “ideal” city of the Renaissance. The projects that were conceived at that time are a significant example of the rational urban architecture of the Italian Renaissance, although not all of them were actually implemented. Taking a walk through Piazza Pio II to visit Palazzo Piccolomini and the cathedral is something you cannot miss. (Ph. Credits Antonio Cinotti)

Asciano

Lying at the heart of the Crete Senesi, and surrounded by breath-taking landscapes, Asciano is an ancient Etruscan village that experienced its greatest splendour during the Middle Ages. The old town centre is a treasure trove of art and history, where traditions and legends merge inseparably. (Ph. Credits Antonio Cinotti)

Castelnuovo Berardenga

Castelnuovo Berardenga is the southernmost town of the Chianti area. Its territory is a unique combination of gentle slopes and uneven hills, guarded by castles, churches and fortifications, with cypress-lined alleys leading the way. In 1260, the battle of Monteaperti, won by Siena and its allies against Florence, marked the beginning of the Ghibelline rule over Tuscany, and invested Siena with a political and economical predominant role, both in Italy and in Europe. (Ph. Credits Antonio Cinotti)

Siena

Siena

Siena is nestled among the gentle Tuscan hills. Here, it feels as if time has stopped at the 13th century, when the city’s artistic and architectural heritage started to develop, earning Siena its endless renown. It has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1995, owing to its well-preserved mediaeval structure. The main square, Piazza del Campo, is the mandatory starting point to describe the city. The square has a unique shell shape, and gently slopes towards the centre. This is where the famous Palio takes place: every year, in summer, the different Contrade (city quarters) challenge each other in a compelling horse race. All around are a number of monumental buildings, such as Palazzo Sansedoni and Palazzo Pubblico. Towering over the square is the majestic Torre del Mangia, built in the 1340s. Soaring an impressive 102 metres, it is just as tall as the Duomo belfry, to symbolize the balance between worldly and divine power. But there is more to Siena than just Piazza del Campo, including little streets and alleys teeming with little shops and craft stores where you can buy local handmade products or taste the famous cantucci cookies with a glass of Vin Santo. Throughout the narrow alleys, all the way to the wide Piazza del Campo, you can actually feel the real atmosphere of this city – contemporary yet ancient, monumental yet lively, all of which makes it the perfect setting for the start and finish of this iconic bicycle race.

Sovicille

Lying at the southern slopes of the Montagnola Senese, Sovicille is the Tuscan town with the highest concentration of parish churches, abbeys, castles and villas. Valuable examples of the Romanesque style are the Pieve (parish church) of Ponte allo Spino, Ponte della Pia, and the polychrome cloister of the Abbey of Torri. The fairy-tale castle of Celsa and the grandiose Villa di Cetinale (a former possession of the Chigi family) are bound to leave you breathless with their charm and grandeur. (Ph. Credits Antonio Cinotti)

Monteroni d’Arbia

The Via Francigena runs through the entire municipal territory of Monteroni d’Arbia. Many historical landmarks can be found along this ancient route, including the castle of Lucignano d’Arbia and its parish church, which already existed back in 913 a.D., and the famous Grancia di Cuna, a majestic fortified farm built in 1314. (Ph. Credits Antonio Cinotti)

Murlo

Murlo is a little, well-preserved mediaeval village lying at the heart of an unspoilt territory. Its inhabitants were found to be the actual descendants of the ancient Etruscans. The village is best known for being home to a unique Etruscan settlement on the surrounding hills: a large princely building surrounded by craft workshops, one of the major findings about this civilisation. (Ph. Credits Antonio Cinotti)

Buonconvento

The village of Buonconvento is still surrounded by the ancient defensive walls, and has retained its original mediaeval appearance. Major landmarks include the belfry (Torre Civica) of the ancient government palace, Palazzo Podestarile. However, wandering the streets of the town is just as evocative, especially in September, when the famous Sagra della Valdarbia brings the love for good food, music, arts and literature together. (Ph. Credits Antonio Cinotti)

Montalcino

Founded by the Etruscans and best known for Brunello wine, Montalcino is a lovely village lying at the mouth of Val d’Orcia. Major landmarks include the 14th century pentagonal fortress with its towers, and a museum housing a collection of late mediaeval art. The Abbey of Sant’Antimo, one of the major examples of Tuscan Romanesque architecture, is a must-see. (Ph. Credits Antonio Cinotti)

San Quirico d’Orcia

San Quirico d’Orcia lies at the heart of a World Heritage landscape that embodies the essence of the Val d’Orcia. The impressive Horti Leonini, created around 1580, are the most popular attraction. Major architectural landmarks also include the Osenna collegiate or parish church (dating back to the 12th-13th century). Bagno Vignoni, the only hamlet in San Quirico d’Orcia, is home to Piazza delle Sorgenti, a large, rectangular 16th century hot spring which is definitely worth a visit. (Ph. Credits Antonio Cinotti)

Pienza

A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996, Pienza was hometown to Pope Pius II, who considered it the “ideal” city of the Renaissance. The projects that were conceived at that time are a significant example of the rational urban architecture of the Italian Renaissance, although not all of them were actually implemented. Taking a walk through Piazza Pio II to visit Palazzo Piccolomini and the cathedral is something you cannot miss. (Ph. Credits Antonio Cinotti)

Asciano

Lying at the heart of the Crete Senesi, and surrounded by breath-taking landscapes, Asciano is an ancient Etruscan village that experienced its greatest splendour during the Middle Ages. The old town centre is a treasure trove of art and history, where traditions and legends merge inseparably. (Ph. Credits Antonio Cinotti)

Castelnuovo Berardenga

Castelnuovo Berardenga is the southernmost town of the Chianti area. Its territory is a unique combination of gentle slopes and uneven hills, guarded by castles, churches and fortifications, with cypress-lined alleys leading the way. In 1260, the battle of Monteaperti, won by Siena and its allies against Florence, marked the beginning of the Ghibelline rule over Tuscany, and invested Siena with a political and economical predominant role, both in Italy and in Europe. (Ph. Credits Antonio Cinotti)

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