The Strade Bianche, formerly known as Monte Paschi Eroica (2007, 2008) and Montepaschi Strade Bianche (2009, 2010, 2011), is a road bicycle race held annually near Siena, in the region of Tuscany, Italy. The race was first organised in 2007 as a 1.1 event on the UCI Europe Tour and was held in October. From 2015 it is a 1.HC event. From 2008 on the event has found a space in early March as part of the European classics season. It is held the week before Tirreno–Adriatico as a warm weather precursor to the cobbled classics of the north. The field is usually made up of riders taking part in Tirreno–Adriatico.
Before the 2009-edition, the race changed its name to Montepaschi Strade Bianche. The race was also lengthened 9 km (5.6 mi) and one more gravel sector was added, taking the total unsealed sections to 57.2 km (35.5 mi). The riders now left Gaiole in Chianti and headed south towards the first of the eight sectors of le strade bianche (English: white gravel roads).
Before the 2014 edition, the race always started in Gaiole in Chianti, it now starts in San Gimignano.
RCS Sport announced that the Strade Bianche Women would be held for the first time in 2015 on the same day as the men's race.