I am excited that Strade Bianche is back on its traditional date in early March. Kilometers of white gravel roads through Tuscany, and the historical setting of Sienna it is probably the most beautiful and most dramatic day of racing. At the time of this post, forecasters are calling for a 50-percent chance of rain and temperatures around 10C. With a chance, it can turn into a wet, dare I happily say, muddy battle. Rain or shine this is the 15th edition, and although Sienna is in the Red Zone the race will run Saturday, but sadly minus the cheering Tifosi due to tight restrictions are in effect for the public. Nevertheless, this unique arena is set... bring it on!
"Last year I had an amazing day on the bike here and managed to finish second and climb on the podium. It's a race that suits me well and one I can do well in. Tadej is in good form at the moment and the idea is that we both make it deep into the final with as many teammates as possible. It can be an unpredictable race but that can play to our advantage on Saturday."
"They are two of the big favorites, that's clear. You can see the shape of Van der Poel from the last couple of races. And with Van Aert, he won last year and he's really strong. Even if this is his first race, he can still win. From my side, I'm just happy to take the start on Saturday with a big motivation We have to be smart. It's a really hard race and the legs will talk.
It's a really beautiful race, always spectacular. It's maybe not a Monument but it deserves to be."
-Julian Alaphilippe 2019 winner.