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Strade Bianche - Eroica Pro
Eroica Pro 2015 Logo.jpeg
Race details
Date Early March
Region Tuscany, Italy
Local name(s) Strade Bianche - Eroica Pro (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)

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,[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] Race organizers RCS Sport were inspired by the Tour of Flanders with its bergs (hills), and Paris–Roubaix with its cobblestone sections.[3]

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).[4]

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.[5]

Eroica 2008 Finish
Fabian Cancellara wins the 2008 Eroica


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

Strade Bianche - Women Elite[edit]

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


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