Six UCI Pro Continental teams and 12 WorldTour outfits will race on the white roads of Tuscany on Saturday March 5 Photo: Graham Watson Eighteen teams will take the start of the 10th edition of Strade Bianche on Saturday March 5, but not all WorldTour teams will be present.
Taking on the white roads of Tuscany in March will be 12 WorldTour squads and six UCI Pro Continental teams.
The route does not include any long climbs but instead gains its elevation in short, sharp bursts. There are nine sectors of white road – the famous unmade gravel surface – covering approximately 53km of the total 176km. Strade Bianchi 2016 route The race has been won by top tier riders on each previous occasion, so a promotion to the WorldTour calendar could be on the cards for the race in future. Such a change would require all 18 WorldTour teams to attend.
Etixx – Quick-Step , who won in 2014 with Michal Kwiatkowski and 2015 with Zdenek Stybar , are due to make their return to Italy in the hopes of taking a third consecutive win.
Now riding for Team Sky , Kwiatkowski could line up in the hope of taking his […]