This Saturday is one race I'm fond of... The Strade Bianche.
Cycling season means up early, here on the Canadian west coast, and configuring my alarm clock for 5:30 PST wake up call. I'll be up for this. Since it's start in 2007, it's a wonderful single-day race (dare I say it should be call a classic) from Chianti to Siena in beautiful Tuscany. The excitement really happens during the 70 kilometres of sterrati and how the riders will keep their bikes steady. Whilst Paris-Roubaix has the infamous cobblestone sections this Italian race has le strade bianche.
Two races have been cancelled due to snow: Kuurne Brussels Kuurne and GP Lugano and those who had a 'day off' will get their chance this Saturday.
A strong contingent of riders await; Greg Van Avermaet (5th Omloop) is one of the pre race favorites. He guided Allesandro Ballan (out due to injury from a training ride in Spain) to third in last years race. Can Juan Flecha pull off the arrow win for his new Vancansoleil team? Oscar Gatto, Peter Sagan and Fabian Cancellara are on the A-list to perform very well.
190 km, eight sectors (in black) of
le strade bianche.
A look back...
Spartacus wins his second.