Looking to the Strade Bianche

2009 Monte Paschi Strade Bianche... Ryder Hesjedal's 10th place finish!

The Italian semi classic, Monte Paschi Strade Bianche is this Saturday. I'm more than excited for what I call the Italian Roubaix waiting just around the corner.

It doesn't have the long lineage of the other classics (starting in 2007) but it already has a cult following. Although, not a cobble anywhere it has dirt and plenty of dirt, hilly roads of Tuscany going for it. Tricky when dry, it turns a muddy mess when it's raining this 190 km race is unique. Last year's Giro stage to Montalcino was full of drama and mud won by Cadel Evans. The Australian will be back to for victory.

Colombian grimpeur, Jose Serpa is in and having won today's Giro del Friuli looks in excellent form. His second place finish in last week's Giro de Sardegna certainly makes him a threat. He's talented and I believe winning days are back for Colombian cycling.

Ryder Hesjedal is back and I believe the Garmin-Cervelo rider has a high chance of over taking the sterrati for a huge victory. He's done well in the past placing in the top ten in the past three years and this type of hilly/rocky course suits him.