Strade Bianche

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Strade Bianche
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Race details
Date Early March
Region Tuscany, Italy
Local name(s) Strade Bianche (Italian)
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Europe Tour 1.HC
Type Single-day
Organiser RCS Sport
First edition 2007 (2007)
Editions 9 (as of 2015)
First winner  Alexandr Kolobnev (RUS)
Most wins  Fabian Cancellara (SUI) (2 wins)
Most recent  Zdeněk Štybar (CZE)

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.[1] 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 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.[2] Parts of the route were originally used in a recreational race, or gran fondo.[3] The organizers of the race, RCS sports, were inspired by the Tour of Flanders with its bergs (hills), and Paris–Roubaix with its cobblestone sections.[2]

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).[4]

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.[5]


Rider Team
2007 Russia Kolobnev, AlexandrAlexandr Kolobnev (RUS) Team CSC
2008 Switzerland Cancellara, FabianFabian Cancellara (SUI) Team CSC
2009 Sweden Lovkvist, ThomasThomas Lövkvist (SWE) Team Columbia-High Road
2010 Kazakhstan Iglinsky, MaximMaxim Iglinsky (KAZ) Astana
2011 Belgium Gilbert, PhilippePhilippe Gilbert (BEL) Omega Pharma-Lotto
2012 Switzerland Cancellara, FabianFabian Cancellara (SUI) RadioShack-Nissan
2013 Italy Moser, MorenoMoreno Moser (ITA) Cannondale
2014 Poland Kwiatkowski, MichałMichał Kwiatkowski (POL) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
2015 Czech Republic Štybar, ZdeněkZdeněk Štybar (CZE) Etixx-Quick Step

Womens' race[edit]

Rider Team
2015 United States Guarnier, MeganMegan Guarnier (USA) Boels-Dolmans


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