On 4th and 5th of March, Siena and the Crete Senesi protagonists will return with the pro male race- promoted in the UCI WorldTour calendar - and the female which opens the season of the UCI Women's WorldTour. Sunday will stage the amateurs with the United Fund, which has already recorded 3,500 registrations , which will develop over most of the route that professionals will walk the previous day.
"The Classical North to the south of Europe" has become a slogan known around the world as well as famous all over the world is the great cycling weekend to be held in the beautiful Terre di Siena. Saturday, March 4th and Sunday 5th, it will be proposed the triptych of Strade Bianche. The departure of the three events - organized by RCS Sport, RCS Active Team and La Gazzetta dello Sport in collaboration with the City of Siena - will be given the Medici Fortress and the arrival will be placed in the unique setting of Piazza del Campo.
The men's race officially joined the elite of World cycling. The International Cycling Union has counted among the most important races on the international scene, and included in the calendar WorldTour starting with 2017 . The last winner was Fabian Cancellara who achieved in the last March 5th the led to three personal achievements in this race, which will be called the 8th field of White Road, that of Monte Sante Marie.
In 2017 it will be the third edition of the race Female , the second in the WorldTour calendar. In 2015 the victory went to the US Megan Guarnier in 2016 while Lizzie Deignan, the World Champion, was awarded the evidence coming in solitary in Piazza del Campo.
The path, very rough and wavy, has no long climbs, but it is made difficult by the numerous snags with steep slopes and numerous sectors of dirt that characterize it.
The path is 127 km long with a vertical drop of 1350 meters and has 30 km of dirt road divided into eight sectors. The fund has beaten, in excellent condition, with no grassy raids and with little gravel on the surface. The race mediofondo is 74.5 km long with a total vertical drop of 950 meters.
The final part of the route - common to both tracks - it's pure entertainment. A 2 km to go is embarked on the path of Fontebranda External presenting slopes of up to 9%. A 900 m from the arrival is exceeded Gate Fontebranda and begins the paved flooring. The slope exceeds 10% to around 500 m from the arrival, in Via Santa Caterina, 16% tips. Follows a decisive turning right into Via delle Terme and placing in via Banchi di Sotto. 300 m from the road is always slightly downhill. 150 meters turn right into Via Rinaldini. 70 m you enter the court, the last 30 downhill to 7%, flat finish.
Renamed as the Classic North to the South of Europe, in the professional field Strade Bianche celebrated last year the ten editions: the multiple winner is Fabian Cancellara with three wins, but in the gold there are iridescent road as Michal Kwiatkowski and Phlippe Gilbert and cyclocross as Zdenek Stybar.