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[WT] Strade Bianche
« on: February 27, 2017, 09:05 »
On 4 and 5 March, Siena and the Crete Senesi will host the the men’s pro race – promoted to the UCI WorldTour calendar – and the women’s race – which opens the season of the UCI Women’s WorldTour. Sunday, the amateurs will ride the Gran Fondo Strade Bianche – which has already recorded 3,500 entries – over most of the route that the pro riders will have raced on the previous day. Entries are still open at Gran Fondo Strade Bianche Official Site
 “Europe’s most Southern Northern Classic” is a slogan that has become well known worldwide, and the great cycling weekend in the beautiful landscape of Terre di Siena, on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March 2017 is becoming equally famous all over the world. The three events – organized by RCS Sport, RCS Active Team and La Gazzetta dello Sport in collaboration with the City of Siena – will each start from the Medici Fortress and end in the unique scenery of Piazza del Campo.
The men’s race officially enters into the elite of world professional cycling. Union Cycliste Internationale has ratified its importance by adding it to the WorldTour calendar, starting from the 2017 edition. On 5th March 2016, last year’s winner Fabian Cancellara achieved his third Strade Bianchi success, and with it, the honour of having one sector of the gravel roads, Sector 8 of Monte Sante Marie, dedicated to his name.
2017 sees the third edition of the women’s race, for the second time part of the UCI WorldTour calendar. In 2016 victory went to the then Road World Champion Lizzie Deignan (née Armitstead), finishing solo in Piazza del Campo, while in 2015 the race was won by the American Megan Guarnier.



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The Route 2017
A twisty and undulating course, with no long climbs but with punchy hills, most significantly on the unpaved parts. There are roughly 62km of gravel roads, appearing in 11 sectors (eight of those shared with the Women Elite course). Starting from Siena (Stadium/Medicean Fortress area), the first undulating kilometres are on tarmac before reaching the 2.1km gravel Sector 1 at km 11, which is perfectly straight and always slightly uphill. After few kilometres the riders will face Sector 2 (4.7km), the course’s first real challenge with a short descent and a long climb with parts at over 10%. The course will then go through Radi, where Sector 3 starts (4.4km, second part of the original Sector 1 of the first editions) and immediately after Sector 4, one of its classic gravel sectors (5.5km, featured in the course since its first edition) with no significant gradient and leading to Buonconvento. After few kilometres the second climb of the day starts: the Montalcino (4km at 5%). After Torrenieri the riders will face Sectors 5 (11.9km) and 6 (8km) with only 1km of tarmac in between them. Both are hard, hilly, very punchy and with many bends, climbs and descents. After the second passage through Buonconvento the feed station will be positioned in the area of Ponte d’Arbia. Soon the route reaches Monteroni d’Arbia, which marks the beginning of Sector 7 of San Martino in Grania (9.5km) in the middle of the Crete Senesi. It's a long sector with continuous up and downs in the first part, ending up with a twisting climb before meeting the tarmac again. In Ponte del Garbo (Asciano) gravel Sector 8 begins. At 11.5km it's the hardest of the race, mostly uphill and characterised by tough hills, the most important being those close to Monte Sante Marie, which face steep gradients on both climbs and descents over short distances. After Castelnuovo Berardenga there's a very short, flat section of gravel (300m), before facing, after Monteaperti, Sector 9 which is only 800m long, but with a double digit gradient ramp before rejoining the tarmac in Vico d’Arbia and going to paved road through Pieve a Bozzone. Next comes the penultimate sector (Sector 10, 2.4km) on the climb toward Colle Pinzuto (with gradients up to 15%). After a few kilometres the riders will face the last sector (Sector 11, 1.1km) which features a sequence of a demanding descent followed by a very punchy climb (max 18%) that ends up at the Tolfe. From here only 12km separate the riders from the finish in Piazza del Campo, Siena.

Final Kilometres

The demanding final kilometres, with gradients up to 16%, approach the city of Siena along broad, straight sections of road, connected by sweeping curves, first descending, and then climbing slightly. 2km from the finish line, the route joins Via Esterna di Fontebranda, where the gradient touches 9%. 900m from the finish line, the race route passes beneath Fontebranda Gate where the road surface becomes paving slabs. The gradient exceeds 10% until 500m from the finish line, reaching its highpoint of 16% in Via Santa Caterina. A sharp right hand turn leads to Via delle Terme, and then Via Banchi di Sotto. With 300m to go, the road continues to climb slightly then, 150m from the line, a right turn leads into Via Rinaldini. The route enters the Piazza del Campo just 70m from the finish line. The final 30m descends at a gradient of 7% and the finish line itself is flat. 








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    Re: Strade Bianche
    « Reply #1 on: February 27, 2017, 11:41 »
    I am missing Spartacus already - this will bring that into further focus...    :wut
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    Re: Strade Bianche
    « Reply #2 on: February 27, 2017, 11:48 »
    I know

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    Re: Strade Bianche
    « Reply #3 on: February 27, 2017, 12:01 »
    Rai Sport have 13-40 to 16-30cet scheduled for live coverage.
    Bare in mind a good chunk of this will be chit chat.
    However, according to my epg, currently Eurosport only have 14-00 to 15-30cet penciled in. :(
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    Re: Strade Bianche
    « Reply #4 on: February 27, 2017, 12:26 »
    Rai Sport have 13-40 to 16-30cet scheduled for live coverage.
    Bare in mind a good chunk of this will be chit chat.
    However, according to my epg, currently Eurosport only have 14-00 to 15-30cet penciled in. :(

    Any womens in the schedule that you can see MV?
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    Re: Strade Bianche
    « Reply #5 on: February 27, 2017, 13:50 »
    Any womens in the schedule that you can see MV?

    Nothing that I can find at this time.
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    Re: Strade Bianche
    « Reply #6 on: February 28, 2017, 10:06 »
    Betancur is lightly penciled in to ride, very very lightly 
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    Re: Strade Bianche
    « Reply #7 on: February 28, 2017, 11:00 »
    Betancur is lightly penciled in to ride, very very lightly
    He may even come to Siena.
    And find a pastry shop the eve of the race.

    Developing an acute case of ate-too-much-itis.
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    Re: Strade Bianche
    « Reply #8 on: February 28, 2017, 13:27 »


    An outstanding early season race. Is it fair to say that the growth in stature of  this race means it may one day be the 6th monument?
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    Re: Strade Bianche
    « Reply #9 on: February 28, 2017, 14:38 »
    Rain forecast for Friday and Saturday  :)
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    Re: Strade Bianche
    « Reply #10 on: February 28, 2017, 15:39 »
    Rain forecast for Friday and Saturday  :)
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    Re: Strade Bianche
    « Reply #11 on: March 01, 2017, 11:25 »


    An outstanding early season race. Is it fair to say that the growth in stature of  this race means it may one day be the 6th monument?

    As much as I like it, not much chance in a near future. The establishment in cycling is pretty deeply rooted. Let us remember however that the label "Monument" in cycling is fairly recent, since the nineties and due to the UCI reshuffle of the calendar back in 1989 when they created their World Cup which lasted until 2004. All the formerly great classics which had been left out of it (the Walloon Arrow, Paris-Brussels, etc.) saw their length cut short and of course their status demoted. I dream to see an Arrow with a 250km distance back. In the eighties it was still roughly equal to Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Many Italian semi-classics exceeded the 200km mark quite easily too.


    By the way is it me or this picture looks like a photoshop with the riders being brought back to Mussolinian times?  :lol


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    Re: Strade Bianche
    « Reply #13 on: March 02, 2017, 21:51 »
    Zdenek Stybar....certainly one to watch for if conditions are bad on Saturday...

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    Re: Strade Bianche
    « Reply #14 on: March 03, 2017, 08:13 »
    If it's a wet race will the DS's cars end up like this...


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    Re: Strade Bianche
    « Reply #15 on: March 04, 2017, 10:19 »
    *be Het Nieuwsblad - Star Rating

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    Re: Strade Bianche
    « Reply #17 on: March 04, 2017, 18:02 »
    An enjoyable race, good rides by Wellens and Domoulin I thought. Race pretty much smashed to pieces, they're probably still rolling in now!
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    Re: Strade Bianche
    « Reply #20 on: March 06, 2017, 20:57 »


    (La dernière heure - today)

    Tim Wellens: I'll Be Back

    For his first participation to the Strade Bianche, he ended the ever-growing Italian classic [comment by Echoes: interesting that they used the word classic] on the podium. It should satisfy Wellens who thrilled last Saturday on the Tuscan roads and paths. All the more since his team took the race in hands.

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    After sixty km, we increased the rhythm. Sean De Bie, Maxime Monfort & Jürgen Roelandts took the lead of the peloton which then disbanded. I then landed in a chase group with Tiesj Benoot and Sean De Bie. Sean took the bigger share of the workload. He was really very strong.

    Wellens then accelereated a first time and then was really careful and in the finale landed in a 4-man decisive escap with strong men: Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet and two former winners: Zdenek Stybar and Michal Kwiatkowski. The latter attacked solo with about 15km to go.

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    When he went away the cohesion in the group was not that good. Nobody wished to bridge the gap. It was a big effort. Then we worked well together but we didn't manage to catch him.  I was at my limit in the chase. In the final kilometer of the race I chose the last position of the group. Van Avermaet started the sprint and clearly was the strongest. I still managed to pass Stybar in the final corner. It was a nice race. Everybody was at the place he deserves. When I see who I am on the podium withI have reasons to be satisfied. The Strade Bianche is a nice race, I'll be back.



    Van Avermaet's Call - The Controversy

    The Belgians animated the Strade Bianche with Greg Van Avermaet and Tim Wellens ending on the podium
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    I don't think Michal Kwiatkowski was stronger than us but he attacked at the right time, creating a huge gap.  I'm pleased with my sensations and my race.

    Says the Olympic Champion, runner up in 2015 before making a call and moaning that there were too many motors in the race. He had made several waves of annoyance during the race.
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    They really were everywhere even when I was in the chase group. Things should be done. The distance between the motors and the riders should be better defined by rules. Kwiatkovski capitalised on it but I don't blame him. I'd have done the same if a motor was riding in front of me.



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    I saw a very nice race by Lotto Soudal, notably by this Tim Wellens who pleased me a lot. Kwiatkovski was above the rest in the Strade Bianche but the Belgians were present. With [Kwitakovski], it's all or nothing and last Saturday it was all. He was really very strong. We  could again see Greg Van Avermaet very present. What pleases me with Greg this year is that he is therewith a shot at the win without being 100%. Alevel that he's preserving for the the next great classics.
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