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Saturday 9 March - Dust whirls (based upon the weather forecast) over the Tuscan hills - welcome in the Strade Bianche.

The route amounts to 184 kilometres and one-third is played out on gravel roads, often firmly uphill.
Strade Bianche is one of the most photogenetic races on the calendar. Riders get on their bikes and leave the ancient town of Siena to enter a ride with medieval characteristics. In the rolling landscape of Tuscany the toughest sections are on twisting gravel paths. Last year’s race was played out in pouring rain and winner Tiesj Benoot crossed the line wearing a yellow-brownish mud mask.



At kilometre 130 the endgame begins with the presence of the Monte Sante Marie climb. Sector 8 amounts to 11.5 kilometres and is arguably the toughest of all sterrati at the Strade Bianche. It runs mostly uphill, although the strip also features some tricky descents.
Tiesj Benoot bridges across to the leading duo just before the penultimate sterrato. Strade di Colle Pinzuto is the dust stretch which amounts to 2.4 kilometres and the steepest ramp is located at the beginning. But no time for a breather after the 15% ramp, as the road rises gradually all the way until the end.

The final gravel road is a 1.1 kilometres toil, opening with a short descent and closing with 18% gradients.



With 5 kilometres to go the road flies downhill, only to go back up again in the last kilometre. Entering the city walls of Siena, a 16% sector welcomes the riders. Then a sharp turn to the right, left, and right again. The finish is at Il Campo, Siena’s iconic square that looks a bit like a theatre.



Previous winners
2018 | BENOOT Tiesj  *be
2017 | KWIATKOWSKI Michał  *pl
2016 | CANCELLARA Fabian  *ch
2015 | ŠTYBAR Zdeněk  *cz
2014 | KWIATKOWSKI Michał  *pl
2013 | MOSER Moreno  *it
2012 | CANCELLARA Fabian  *ch
2011 | GILBERT Philippe  *be
2010 | IGLINSKIY Maxim  *kz
2009 | LÖFKVIST Thomas  *se

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Favourites 2019 Strade Bianche
:*:*:*:*:* Zdenek Stybar, #deceuninck Tim Wellens  #lotto
:*:*:*:* Greg Van Avermaet, #ccc Julian Alaphilippe, #deceuninck Alexey Lutsenko #astana
:*:*:*  Gianni Moscon, #sky Wout van Aert, #sunweb Tiesj Benoot  #lotto
:*:*  Bauke Mollema, #trek Jakob Fuglsang, #astana Michael Valgren  #didata
:* Vincenzo Nibali, #bahrain Geraint Thomas, #sky Maximilian Schachmann, #bora Rui Costa #uae

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    Let's just say it's no coincidence that my week off begins on Saturday. :shh
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    good to see Benoot around :cool

    A couple of days ago I read that Lotto changed Wellens plans (of doing Paris Nice) because they want to practice the leadout train for Ewan by the way. Was Wellens intitially lined up for this as well though (Strade Bianche + Paris-Nice is rather unusual) or was he added now that he is doing Tirreno anyway?
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    RCS makes maps that are a bit hard to get to, on their webpage they often crop them to fit a template someone in a web design company obviously thinks looks very good. It doesn't matter if 1/4 of the race course goes missing. Here's the full version with the southern loop in the Montalcino area included:



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    Outsider tag on two neo-pros that did well on gravel last year: #uae Jasper Philipsen and #dimension  Rasmus Tiller. I don't really expect to see them podium but it will be interesting to see how they ride.
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    RCS makes maps that are a bit hard to get to, on their webpage they often crop them to fit a template someone in a web design company obviously thinks looks very good. It doesn't matter if 1/4 of the race course goes missing.
    Yeah, that bugs me to no end. :angry
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    if they get half the weather we had here today they better bring snorkels
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    Snorkels not needed tomorrow. Rather benign, but I don't think the course needs weather to be exciting.
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    Last year was epic but I think tomorrow will also be a great race I'm not sure I can watch.
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    *be Het Nieuwsblad
    :*:*:*:*:* Alaphilippe
    :*:*:*:* Wellens, van Avermaet
    :*:*:* Benoot, Lutsenko, Stybar
    :*:* Moscon, Schachmann, Mollema, Valgren
    :* Nibali, Kreuziger, Dillier, van Aert, Küng

    no star ratings in Gazzetta :(

    don't think Alaphilippe is the favourite by the way.
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     An interesting piece in which top riders give their impression of the race.

    https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/latest-news/fabian-cancellara-dont-compare-strade-bianche-paris-roubaix-409932

     Checking around the various schedules, Rai 2's timings seem a bit at odds with the race schedule and show only the men's race.


    Atm, Sporza and L'Equipe look to be kicking off first, at 12-25cet, for the women's race, followed by the men's at 13-50cet. The finish is due around 15-30cet, unless you are watching Rai 2. :D
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    Checking around the various schedules, Rai 2's timings seem a bit at odds with the race schedule and show only the men's race.

    Atm, Sporza and L'Equipe look to be kicking off first, at 12-25cet, for the women's race, followed by the men's at 13-50cet. The finish is due around 15-30cet, unless you are watching Rai 2. :D

    RCS has sent out a press release regarding the coverage yesterday:

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    – The international broadcast feed of the 13th edition of the Strade Bianche NamedSport, produced by the host broadcaster RAI, will cover the final two hours of the race live, and will be distributed in 151 countries around the world and cover all five continents across 14 different TV networks. Record coverage for the Strade Bianche Women Elite Namedsport, now in its 5th edition, which will be covered in the last hour of racing.

    In Italy, the men's race will be broadcast by the public broadcaster RAI 2, which will broadcast the women's race on its digital platforms with a repeat the following day on RAI Sport + HD.

    Free-to-view coverage in Europe will be available to viewers in France via La Chaine L'Équipe and in Belgium on the screens of VRT Sporza, while the rest of the territories of the Old Continent will be covered by Eurosport, as well as in 11 territories of the Asia and Pacific region. Still in the Far East, Japanese fans can follow the race live on DAZN; in New Zealand, both races will also be broadcast by Sky Sports.

    “Europe's southernmost Northern Classic” will be broadcast live in South Africa on the screens of Supersport and and throughout the Middle East and North Africa, on the OSN channels.

    In the Americas, the “Classica degli Sterri” (“Classic of the Gravel Roads”) will be broadcast live on the Fubo.TV and FloSports platforms (in the US and Canada), and on TDN in Mexico and Central America, while the ESPN network will cover Brazil, the rest of South America and the Caribbean with commentary in Portuguese, Spanish and English.

    Footage of the race will also be distributed around world through the SNTV (Sports News Television) platform.

    with following TV times attached:


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    Lovely race. I think Alaphillipe grew up learning a bit from Tommy for the facial dramatics towards the end. Not so dramatic, but enough to try and bluff a bit!

    Oh, yeah, almost forgot - looks like the Wolf Pack is back!
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    Again a great race. Van Aert surprised me, I didn't think he would podium again on dry roads. It's definitely one of my favorite races.
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    Again a great race. Van Aert surprised me, I didn't think he would podium again on dry roads. It's definitely one of my favorite races.

    Yeah, I was a bit surprised by WVA too. I thought he had made the most of last year's conditions and would be more of a supporting actor in this dry edition but no. With a couple of lightweights like Fuglsang and Alaphilippe though, he was always going to finish third, which is still a huge achievement.

    I enjoyed the race. This year it all felt a bit hasty, perhaps because the broadcast I watched only began with <50km to go. Last year's seemed interminable and all the better for it.

    In any case it is a terribly hard finale, not least because there's a sweeping descent that looks a lot like the final sweeping descent and you think it's almost over when in fact there's still that dreadful long drag to come.

    There was no chance the leaders would ever be caught by the chasing group on that drag but you had to worry about WVA there, out on his own. Instead he closed the gap on the tarrying duo! A lot of folks don't (yet) know that he is an accomplished TTer (as well as a decent sprinter).
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    At least DQS get next weekend off from winning a classic. :D
    The type of parcour might have changed in Italy, but the song remained the same: dominant strength in depth.
    Eventual 11th place finisher, Yves Lampaert did much of the donkey work, reeling in the riders who had earlier gone up the road.
    After Fuglsang had drawn out Van Aert and the hot favourite Alaphillipe, Zdnek Stybar took over the roll of wheel markman par excellence, within the remaining chasers and still managed to be first of the rest.

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