Strade Bianche - Eroica Pro
|Local name(s)||Strade Bianche - Eroica Pro (Italian)|
|Competition||UCI Europe Tour 1.HC|
|Editions||9 (as of 2015)|
|First winner||Alexandr Kolobnev (RUS)|
|Most wins||Fabian Cancellara (SUI) (2 wins)|
|Most recent||Zdeněk Štybar (CZE)|
Strade Bianche - Eroica Pro, formerly known as Eroica (2007–08), Strade Bianche - Eroica Toscana (2009) and Strade Bianche (2010–14) is a road bicycle race held annually near Siena, in the region of Tuscany, Italy.
The name Strade Bianche (Italian for White Streets) comes from the historic white gravel roads that make up part of its route.
Fast gaining in prestige despite its short history, it has been called Italy's answer to Flanders' most iconic one day races, as reflected by the promotional slogan of the 2015 edition: La Classica del Nord più a sud d'Europa (As Southern European as a Northern Classic can be).
The Eroica started in 1997 as a gran fondo (recreational race) for vintage bikes, which continues to this day. In 2007, a professional race was spun off the event. Monte Paschi Bank served as the race's title sponsor for the first four years.
The inaugural Eroica Pro was held in October but it moved to early March in 2008, closer to the heart 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.
The race is part of the UCI Europe Tour, starting as a 1.1 event before being upgraded to 1.HC by the UCI in 2015, the highest possible rating for a non-World Tour single day event.
The race starts in San Gimignano and finishes in the famous public space Piazza del Campo in Siena. The route consists of 197 kilometres around the city of Siena, including 45 kilometres of gravel roads, called sterrati in Italy. Race organizers RCS Sport were inspired by the Tour of Flanders with its bergs (hills), and Paris–Roubaix with its cobblestone sections.
Before the 2009 edition, the race changed its name to 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 a Womens Strade Bianche would be held for the first time in 2015, on the same day as the mens race.
|2007||Kolobnev, AlexandrAlexandr Kolobnev (RUS)||Team CSC|
|2008||Cancellara, FabianFabian Cancellara (SUI)||Team CSC|
|2009||Lovkvist, ThomasThomas Lövkvist (SWE)||Team Columbia-High Road|
|2010||Iglinsky, MaximMaxim Iglinsky (KAZ)||Astana|
|2011||Gilbert, PhilippePhilippe Gilbert (BEL)||Omega Pharma-Lotto|
|2012||Cancellara, FabianFabian Cancellara (SUI)||RadioShack-Nissan|
|2013||Moser, MorenoMoreno Moser (ITA)||Cannondale|
|2014||Kwiatkowski, MichałMichał Kwiatkowski (POL)||Omega Pharma-Quick Step|
|2015||Štybar, ZdeněkZdeněk Štybar (CZE)||Etixx-Quick Step|
Strade Bianche - Women Elite
|2015||Guarnier, MeganMegan Guarnier (USA)||Boels-Dolmans|
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- Second Edition of Monte Paschi Eroica - Eroica's status grows with new springtime date Retrieved on 2008-03-24.
- Strade Bianche Website Retrieved on 2014-06-30
- 3rd Montepaschi Strade Bianche - Eroica Toscana - 1.1 Retrieved on 2010-03-07.
- Farrand, Stephen (16 January 2015). "Women's Strade Bianche race route revealed". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 24 January 2015.