After the forced break due to the corona virus, the UCI World Tour for the cycling platoon continues with the Strade Bianche. The course on partly unpaved roads is only driven for the fourteenth time, but already has a lot of status. Last year, the Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe won, while the women of the past two years Dutch riders triumphed: in 2018 Anna van der Breggen and a year later Annemiek van Vleuten.
The women start at noon and arrive in Siena after a race of 136 kilometers around 4 p.m. Around noon the men are already on their way for a battle over 184 kilometers. The course has a total of 63 kilometers of unpaved roads over eleven gravel strips. Besides Alaphilippe, Mathieu van der Poel is certainly expected up front. Wout van Aert, the leader of the Dutch team Jumbo-Visma, is also among the contenders. The Belgian already finished third twice.
High temperatures are expected in Tuscany, where riders await the Via Santa Caterina, after all those gravel strips, a climb with a maximum gradient of 16 percent. The men are expected to arrive around 6:30 PM.
The Strade Bianche was supposed to take place on March 7, but the coronavirus outbreak prevented that.