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Strade Bianche 2021

The 2021 Strade Bianche is announced to be held on Saturday 6 March in Tuscany, Italy. Starting and finishing in Siena, it will be the 3rd event of the 2021 UCI World Tour. This year the race will be run around 184 kilometers as the 1.UWT event on the UCI Worldtour.

The race was traveled in 2007 for the first time and is typically raced annually on the first or second Saturday of March. The name Strade Bianche refers to "white roads" in the Italian language and derives from the Crete Senesi historical white gravel roads, which are a hallmark of the race. One-third of the overall race distance is run on gravel tracks, involving 63 km of Strade Bianche, scattered through 11 sectors.

In spite of its short journey, the Strade Bianche has rapidly gained prestige. The race is part of the UCI World Tour, the highest category of professional cycling competition. It is organized by RCS Sport - La Gazzetta dello Sport, and as an early spring antecedent to the cobbled classics in April, it runs the weekend before Tirreno-Adriatico.

The Route

With Strade Bianche, riders enroll in a medieval race with traits. The arduous areas in the winding terrain of Tuscany are on twisted gravel roads, frequently appearing at double-digit gradients. The road goes around 184 kilometers long, where one-third is unpaved.

On classic Tuscan dirt or 'sterrati' as the locals like to mention, the riders tackle eleven sectors and 63 kilometers. A strong way to get warmed up to the hardships ahead is the first one. It's 2.1 km long and it's completely straight.

In the 2nd sector, riders are offered a more precise taste of what's ahead. After 5.8 kilometers on dirt and steepest ramps at 10%, and flat asphalt returns at kilometer 32. The Strade Bianche tackles its second climb after two smooth downhill dirt roads in individually 4.4 and 5.5 kilometers.

Sterrato On to 5. This is the longest segment of the day at 11.9 kilometers, an enchanting dust route in itself, with fields and forest left and right. In comparison, the 6th gravel road adds something more to the mix after just 1 kilometer of tarmac. It runs on twisting roads for 8 kilometers which involves both ascending and descending.

Sector 7 is 9.5 kilometers in distance and passes almost uphill. In the first section, it goes up and down and finishes with a winding climb until it reaches the tarmac again. The endgame starts at kilometer 130 on the Monte Sante Marie climb. At 11.5 kilometers, sector 8 is controversially the hardest of all Strade Bianche sterrati. The strip even has some tricky descents and a lot of uphills.

The riders approach the first of the last three unpaved sectors, after a lumpy intermezzo on flat asphalt, which might sound better than it really is. Until reaching the tarmac again in Vico d'Arbia, Sterrato 9 is 800 meters long and peppered with a double-digit gradient ramp. A rolling stretch proceeds to the Strade di Colle Pinzuto, which is a sector of 2.4 kilometers that would further fatigue the legs. It starts with a ramp of 15% and continues to unwaveringly climb all the way until the top.

1.1-kilometer toil is the final dirt road, opening with a quick descent and closing with gradients of around 18%. There are only 12 kilometers to go before Strade Bianche enters the village of Le Tolfe. In this process, the winding roads of Tuscany favor attackers as chasers will have trouble pinpointing them.

The route flies downhill with 5 kilometers left, only to head back up again for the last kilometer. An area of 16% draws riders accessing the city walls of Siena. A quick turn to the right, to the left, and then to the right. The finishing point is Piazza del Campo, Siena's famous theatre-like square.

Participating Teams

The race is run by many experienced teams and riders every year. There are lots of riders to chase arduously and feel very challenging moments while riding through the dirt roads. However, the expected top competitors and competing teams are shown below:

Top Competitors: Pogačar Tadej, Wout Van Aert, Jakob Fuglsang, Julian Alaphilippe, Marc Hirschi, Mathieu Van Der Poel, Søren Kragh Andersen, Michael Woods, Stefan Küng, Patrick Konrad.

Competing Teams: Lotto Soudal, Astana - Premier Tech, AG2R Citroën Team, Bahrain - Victorious, UAE-Team Emirates, Team Jumbo-Visma, Trek - Segafredo, Deceuninck - Quick Step, INEOS Grenadiers, Groupama - FDJ, BORA - hansgrohe, Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux, Movistar Team, Cofidis–Solutions Crédits, Israel Start-Up Nation, EF Education - Nippo, Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec, Vini Zabù and more.

Recent Race Winners

Belgian professional racer Wout van Aert won the recent race Strade Bianche 2020 through the challenging rides. He was riding for the Team Jumbo–Visma and took the first position. Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates) and Maximilian Schachmann (Bora–Hansgrohe) did second and third positions in the race.

There are other winners from different years are Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) 2019, Tiesj Benoot (Lotto–Soudal) 2018, Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) 2017, Fabian Cancellara (Trek–Segafredo) 2016, and Zdeněk Štybar (Etixx–Quick-Step) 2015.