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Strade Bianche 2018 odds

Who wins Strade Bianche 2018?

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Michal Kwiatkowski4.504.50
Zdenek Stybar5.505.50
Peter Sagan6.006.00
Greg Van Avermaet8.008.00
Alejandro Valverde13.0013.00
Philippe Gilbert13.0013.00
Gianni Moscon15.0015.00
Sep Vanmarcke17.0017.00
Tom Dumoulin19.0019.00
Alexey Lutsenko21.0021.00
Tiesj Benoot21.0021.00
Jasper Stuyven23.0023.00
Sonny Colbrelli23.0023.00
Wout Van Aert23.0023.00
Fabio Felline34.0034.00
Moreno Moser34.0034.00
Diego Ulissi41.0041.00
Alberto Bettiol51.0051.00
Daniel Oss51.0051.00
Diego Rosa51.0051.00
Luke Durbridge51.0051.00
Oscar Gatto51.0051.00
Primož Roglic51.0051.00
Romain Bardet51.0051.00
Vincenzo Nibali51.0051.00
Christopher Juul-Jensen67.0067.00
Daniel Moreno67.0067.00
Jens Keukeleire67.0067.00
Nathan Haas67.0067.00
Pierre-Roger Latour67.0067.00
Silvan Dillier67.0067.00
Giovanni Visconti81.0081.00
Søren Kragh Andersen81.0081.00
Stefan Küng81.0081.00
Alexandre Geniez101.00101.00
Andrey Amador101.00101.00
Carlos Betancur101.00101.00
Davide Villella101.00101.00
Edvald Boasson Hagen101.00101.00
Enrico Battaglin101.00101.00
Fernando Gaviria101.00101.00
Floris De Tier101.00101.00
Loïc Vliegen101.00101.00
Nikias Arndt101.00101.00
Scott Thwaites101.00101.00
Simon Clarke101.00101.00

What is the race?

The Strade Bianche, officially called Strade Bianche - Eroica Pro, is a 1 day UCI World Tour road bicycle race in Tuscany, Central Italy, starting and finishing in Siena. The race has been held annually since 2007, usually on the first or second Saturday of March. Uniquely, over 50 km of route the is across dirt gravel roads. Since 2015, a women's event, the Strade Bianche Donne, is held on the same day as the men's race. The event is part of the UCI Women's World Tour


The Eroica Strade Bianche, Italian for “The Heroic race of the white gravel roads" was created in 1997, starting out a recreational amateur event. This event was strictly for vintage bikes only. This amateur event is still held annually on the day after the professional race. With classic bikes cruising the white gravel roads, the event quickly gained attention. In 2007, a professional race was added to the event, called Monte Paschi Eroica, won by Russian Alexandr Kolobnev. Since 2017, the event has been in the UCI World Tour. The race is organised by RCS Sport - La Gazzetta dello Sport.

2018 Route

Since 2016, Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, hosts both the start and finish of the race,. The 2018 route consists of 176 kilometres over hilly terrain through the southern Tuscan province, including nine sectors of gravel roads, totalling 52.8 km (32.8 mi). The 2018 routes gets tricky at sectors 5-8, in hills and vineyards of the Chianti region. Here riders face extensive gravel sections 110km and 42km to the finish line. Sector 5 and 8 are the longest and steepest, both over 11km. Sector 8 includes the Monte Sante Marie climb, a steep uphill with some nasty descents, making it a good area to attack. Following this the riders have about 20km back on tarmac, followed by last gravel and dusty sections. The Strade di Colle Pinzuto is the penultimate gravel road, 2.4 kilometres with a 15% climb at the beginning. With 5 kilometres to go the road goes downhill, only to go back up again in the last kilometre; a 16% climb though the historic streets of Sienna, crossing the line at Siena's historic Piazza del Campo, the heart of the medieval city. The race is often decided on the final stretches of the race.

Current holder:

Michal Kwiatkowski soloed to victory in 2017 with Greg Van Avermaet and Tim Wellens rounding out the podium.

Most wins:

Fabian Cancellara holds the record with three wins. A section of the route is named after the rider.

Who does it suit?

All sorts of different type of cyclists have a shot of winning here. On one hand Classics specialists like three-time winner Cancellara and 2015’s winner Zdenek Stybar have done well here. But the hilly terrain brings also into contention climbers. The likes of of Vincenzo Nibali, for instance, can find advantage in the steep 15%+  gradients  The traditional uphill finish in Siena favours puncheurs like Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Diego Ulissi (UAE-Abu Dhabi), meaning it really is a race for a wide variety of rider.

Some of the dirt roads are flat, other sections include steep climbs and winding descents, testing riders' climbing abilities and bike handling skills. Positioning and route knowledge often prove vital, as is daring and risky riders.

What to see?

Sienna, Tuscanny’s second city, has fantastic medieval history.  Tourist are attracted to the exemplar Gothic architecture  which have made it a world heritage site by UNESCO. Siena's heart is its central piazza known as Il Campo,  famous for the Palio run here, a horse race run around the piazza two times every summer.

Visitors should try ‘pici’, a kind of pasta similar to spaghetti but quite bigger and served with pepper and cheese or with tomato sauce. Siena is also famous for its desserts; try ricciarelli, typical cookies made with almonds.

Getting away from the city, visors can follow the race into the Chiati region, known for its exceptional wine production. At stage 5, watch the race at Montalcino, a hill town and commune which is famous for its Brunello di Montalcino wine.

Further afield, Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region is a short drive or train ride away. Providing a good day trip it is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture.