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2020 Strade Bianche-Eroica Toscana
(World Tour), Italy

14th edition: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Event re-scheduled: August 1, 2020

Montepaschi Strade Bianche historical results | Men's Race | Women's Race | 2019 edition

On Wednesday, March 4 it was announced that to contain the Coronavirus threat, public events were cancelled. On March 5, RCS Sport, the race's organizer, officially cancelled the race. Then, on May 6, the UCI posted a new 2020 race schedule with the Strade Bianche to be run August 1.

Weather at the start/finish city of Siena at 2:00 PM, local time: 36C (97F), Sunny, with the wind from the west at 8 km/hr (5mph). No rain is forecast.

Strade Bianche

Here's a photo the organizer posted. A classic Strade Bianche scene.

Men's race:

Wout van Aert

Wout van Aert wins the Men's Strade Bianche. Sirotti photo

Siena - Siena, 184 km
11 sections of white roads, totalling 63 km

Course map & profile | Race photos | Men's start list

The race: Here is the organizer's race summary.

166 riders cast off from Siena at 1:44 pm, as the flag is dropped by the mayor of the city, Luigi De Mossi.

The pace is brisk, with several attacks straight away. At km 7, Pellaud and Lindeman try to race clear. Lindeman sits up at km 12, Pellaud holds on, keeping a handful of seconds over the peloton. At km 16, Pellaud is leading by 12” over Bagioli, Pacher, Filosi, Van Kessel and Declercq; the peloton is 40” behind. At km 21, six riders bunch up at the front; the peloton lets them go. At km 23, the six breakers are leading by 2’12” over the peloton. At km 36, the gap is down to 1’10”. At the end of the third sector, the gap is further down to 30”. Average speed after one hour of racing: 38.800 km/h.

At the end of the fourth sector (km 53), Pellaud is leading by 1’10” over Bagioli, Pacher and Declercq, and by 2’02” over the peloton; the former breakers are reeled in. At km 74, Pellaud is leading by 3’28” over the peloton.

Average speed after two hours of racing: 38.600 km/h.

At km 95, Pellaud holds on, while the peloton is lagging 18” behind. At km 102, Pellaud is leading by 36” over Jungels, Burghardt and Craddock, and by 43” over the peloton. Four riders bunch up at the front at km 105; the peloton is 46” behind. During the seventh sector, Jungels loses ground to the front group, and is reeled in by the peloton shortly after. Van Der Poel and Alaphilippe suffer a puncture; Vincenzo Nibali crashes. Average speed after three hours: 37.800 km/h.

At km 116, the break is over. Alaphilippe and Van Der Poel catch up with the peloton. Ciccone has a puncture. Astana riders are at the front of the peloton. At km 137, Fuglsang is leading by 12” over Bettiol, Formolo, Schachmann,
Van Avermaet and Van Aert. Six riders bunch up at the front at km 141. Average speed after four hours: 36.400 km/h.

At km 154, Fuglsang, Bettiol, Formolo, Schachmann, Van Avermaet and Van Aert are leading by 1’16” over Stybar, Bookwalter and Gogl, by 2’50” over Mühlberger and Rosa, and by 3’15” over Izaguirre G., Vliegen, Kwiatkowski, Pogacar and Ulissi. At km 159 (-25 km), the three immediate chasers are 56” down the road. Gap at km 163: 52”. Van Avermaet loses ground to the front group. Van Aert clips off at km 175. Schachmann, Bettiol and Formolo are 9” behind him. At km 182 (4 km to go), Van Aert is still leading by 15” Schachmann and Formolo. At the red flag, Van Aert holds on, solo.

FINISH (Siena – km 184)
Van Aert claims the race, 30” ahead of Formolo, 32” ahead of Schachmann, 1’37” ahead of Bettiol, 2’55” ahead of Fuglsang, 3’59” ahead of Stybar, 4’25” ahead of Bookwalter, 4’27” ahead of Van Avermaet, 6’47” ahead of Gogl, 7’45 ahead of Rosa, and then the other.

Time of the winner: 4h 58’56”, at an average speed of 36.931 km/h.

Complete Results:

Race photos

166 riders started, 42 classified finishers

184 kilometers raced at an average speed of 36.931 km/hr

1 Aert, Wout van Jumbo-Visma 4hr 58min 56sec
2 Formolo, Davide UAE-Team Emirates @ 30sec
3 Schachmann, Maximilian Bora-hansgrohe 32''
4 Bettiol, Alberto EF Pro Cycling 1' 31''
5 Fuglsang, Jakob Astana 2' 55''
6 Štybar, Zdeněk Deceuninck-Quick-Step 3' 59''
7 Bookwalter, Brent Mitchelton-Scott 4' 25''
8 Van Avermaet, Greg CCC Team 4' 27''
9 Gogl, Michaël NTT Pro Cycling 6' 47''
10 Rosa, Diego Team Arkéa-Samsic 7' 45''
11 Mühlberger, Gregor Bora-hansgrohe 8' 11''
12 Kwiatkowski, Michał INEOS 10' 03''
13 Pogačar, Tadej UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
14 Küng, Stefan Groupama-FDJ s.t.
15 Poel, Mathieu van der Alpecin-Fenix 10' 06''
16 Ulissi, Diego UAE-Team Emirates 10' 09''
17 Izagirre, Gorka Astana s.t.
18 Vliegen, Loïc Circus-Wanty Gobert 10' 11''
19 Mohorič, Matej Bahrain-McLaren 10' 30''
20 Vendrame, Andrea Ag2r La Mondiale 13' 41''
21 Conti, Valério UAE-Team Emirates 13' 46''
22 Bauer, Jack Mitchelton-Scott 14' 11''
23 Burghardt, Marcus Bora-hansgrohe 14' 46''
24 Alaphilippe, Julian Deceuninck-Quick-Step 15' 06''
25 Gilbert, Philippe Lotto-Soudal s.t.
26 Rumac, Josip Androni Giocattoli s.t.
27 Oss, Daniel Bora-hansgrohe 19' 27''
28 Schär, Michael CCC Team s.t.
29 Houle, Hugo Astana s.t.
30 Valgren, Michael NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
31 Le Gac, Olivier Groupama-FDJ s.t.
32 Ciccone, Giulio Trek-Segafredo s.t.
33 De Marchi, Alessandro CCC Team s.t.
34 Dowsett, Alex Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
35 Craddock, Lawson EF Pro Cycling s.t.
36 Woods, Michael EF Pro Cycling s.t.
37 Gautier, Cyril B&B Hotels-Vital Concept s.t.
38 Jansen, Amund Jumbo-Visma s.t.
39 Costa, Rui UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
40 Pellaud, Simon Androni Giocattoli s.t.
41 Gabburo, Davide Androni Giocattoli 20' 53''
42 Hagen, Edvald Boasson NTT Pro Cycling 21' 16''

Men's race map & profile:

Strade Bianche map

Map of the men's race

Starde Bianche profile

Profile of the men's race

2020 Strade Bianche photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Team Movistar

Team presentation ceremony. Movistar is in their special new kit

N & B Hotels

Indicative of the times. B&B Hotels-Vital Concept is presented wearing masks.

Breakaway

A breakaway rides thorugh the dust.

Bagnaia

In the Bagnaia sector

Bagnia sector

A B&B Hotels rider makes his way through the dust of the Bagnaia sector.

Bagnaia sector

Another shot of racing over the white roads of Bagnaia.

Lucignano D'asso

Riders at Lucignano D'Asso

Simon Pelaud

Simon Pellaud tries to get away on the gravel of Lucignano D'Asso.

Lucignano D'asso

Coming downhill at Lucignano D'Asso

Lucignano D'asso

Also at Lucignano D'Asso

Strade Biache

More of Lucignano D'Asso's dust

Pacher, Quentin

Quentin Pacher

Siena Piazza del Campo

Where the race ends, at Siena's famous Piazza del Campo.

Wout van Aert

Wout van Aert was the day's strongest rider.

Davide Formolo

Davide Formolo finishes second

Wout van Aert

Wout van Aert enjoys his victory

Strade Bianche podium

The podium, from left: Davide Formolo (2nd), Wout van Aert (1st) & Max Schachmann (3rd).

Men's start list with backnumbers, July 31, 2020:

  DECEUNINCK-QUICK STEP
DS: Davide Bramati, Wilfried Peeters
1 ALAPHILIPPE Julian
2 ASGREEN Kasper
3 BALLERINI Davide
4 HONORÉ Mikkel
5 JUNGELS Bob
6 SERRY Pieter
7 STYBAR Zdenek
AG2R LA MONDIALE
DS: Didier Jannel, Laurent Bioni
12 DUVAL Julien
13 GODON Dorian
14 NAESEN Lawrence
15 NAESEN Oliver
16 VENDRAME Andrea
17 WARBASSE Larry
ALPECIN-FENIX
DS:  Bart Leysen, Christoph Roodhooft
21 VAN DER POEL Mathieu
22 DE TIER Floris
23 SBARAGLI Kristian
24 THWAITES Scott
25 VAKOC Petr
26 VERMEERSCH Gianni
27 WALSLEBEN Philipp
ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI-SIDERMEC
DS: Giovanni Ellena, Alessandro Spezialetti
31 BAGIOLI Nicola
32 FRAPPORTI Mattia
33 GABBURO Davide
34 PELLAUD Simon
35 RAVANELLI Simone
36 RUMAC Josip
37 VIEL Mattia
ASTANA
DS: Alexandr Shefer, Bruno Cenghialta
41 LUTSENKO Alexey
42 BOARO Manuele
43 FELLINE Fabio
44 FUGLSANG Jakob
45 HOULE Hugo
46 IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Gorka
47 IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion
B&B HOTELS-VITAL CONCEPT
DS: Gilles Pauchard, Samuel Dumoulin
51 CHEVALIER Maxime
52 COURTEILLE Arnaud
53 GAUTIER Cyril
54 LE BON Johan
55 PACHER Quentin
56 SCHÖNBERGER Sebastian
57 SLAGTER Tom Jelte
BAHRAIN-MCLAREN
DS: Alberto Volpi, Franco Pellizotti
61 TEUNS Dylan
62 NOVAK Domen
63 BOLE Grega
64 GARCIA CORTINA Ivan
65 MOHORIC Matej
66 TRATNIK Jan
67 WRIGHT Fred
BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE'
DS: Roberto Reverberi, Mirko Rossato
71 ALBANESE Vincenzo
72 DALLA VALLE Nicolas
73 FILOSI Iuri
74 FIORELLI Filippo
75 MAZZUCCO Fabio
76 PESSOT Alessandro
77 TONELLI Alessandro
BORA-HANSGROHE
DS: Jan Valach, Enrico Poitschke
81 SAGAN Peter
82 BENEDETTI Cesare
83 BURGHARDT Marcus
84 GATTO Oscar
85 MÜHLBERGER Gregor
86 OSS Daniel
87 SCHACHMANN Maximilian
CCC TEAM
DS: Fabio Baldato, Valerio Piva
91 VAN AVERMAET Greg
92 DE MARCHI Alessandro
93 GESCHKE Simon
94 KOCH Jonas
95 SCHÄR Michael
96 VAN HOECKE Gijs
97 VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan
CIRCUS-WANTY GOBERT
DS: Hilaire Van Der Schueren, Steven Neef
101 HERMANS Quinten
102 DUPONT Timothy
103 DOUBEY Fabien
104 VAN KESSEL Corné
105 MEURISSE Xandro
106 VLIEGEN Loïc
107 VANSPEYBROUCK Pieter
EF PRO CYCLING
DS: Juan Garate, Kevin Rinaldi
111 BETTIOL Alberto
112 CLARKE Simon
113 CRADDOCK Lawson
114 DOCKER Mitchell
115 CORT NIELSEN Magnus
116 BENNETT Sean
117 WOODS Michael
GROUPAMA-FDJ
DS: Sebastien Joly, Jussi Veikkanen
121 KÜNG Stefan
122 DELAGE Mickael
123 GENIETS Kevin
124 GUGLIELMI Simon
125 LE GAC Olivier
126 SARREAU Marc
127 VINCENT Leo
ISRAEL START-UP NATION
DS: Claudio Cozzi, Nicki Sorensen
131 NEILANDS Krists
132 BOIVIN Guillaume
133 CATAFORD Alexander
134 DOWSETT Alex
135 HOLLENSTEIN Reto
136 VAHTRA Norman
LOTTO SOUDAL
DS: Kevin De Weert, Frederik Willems
141 GILBERT Philippe
142 DE BUYST Jasper
143 GOOSSENS Kobe
144 HOLMES Matthew
145 OLDANI Stefano
146 VAN DER SANDE Tosh
147 VERMEERSCH Florian
MITCHELTON-SCOTT
DS: Gene Bates, Vittorio Algeri
151 AFFINI Edoardo
152 BAUER Jack
153 BEWLEY Sam
154 BOOKWALTER Brent
155 DURBRIDGE Luke
156 KONYCHEV Alexander
157 STANNARD Robert
MOVISTAR
DS: Davide Villella, Max Sciandri
161 CATALDO Dario
162 HOLLMANN Juri
163 CARRETERO Hector
164 JACOBS Johan
165 RUBIO REYES Einer Augusto
166 SEPULVEDA Eduardo
167 VILLELLA Davide
NTT PRO CYCLING
DS: Lars Michaelsen, Gino Vanoudenove
171 BATTISTELLA Samuele
172 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
173 GOGL Michael
174 VALGREN ANDERSEN Michael
175 KREUZIGER Roman
176 SOBRERO Matteo
177 TILLER Rasmus Fossum
ARKÉA-SAMSIC
DS: Sebastien Hinault, Kevin Rinaldi
181 ROSA Diego
182 BONNAMOUR Franck
183 DECLERCQ Benjamin
184 DELAPLACE Anthony
185 HARDY Romain
186 RUSSO Clement
187 VACHON Florian
INEOS
DS: Dario Cioni
191 DOULL Owain
192 KWIATKOWSKI Michal
193 MOSCON Gianni
194 NARVAEZ PRADO Jhonnatan
195 PUCCIO Salvatore
196 ROWE Luke
197 SWIFT Ben
JUMBO-VISMA
DS: Jan Boven, Addy Engels
201 VAN AERT Wout
202 BOUWMAN Koen
203 JANSEN Amund Grøndahl
204 LINDEMAN Bertjan
205 MARTENS Paul
206 TOLHOEK Antwan
207 WYNANTS Maarten
TEAM SUNWEB
DS: Marc Reef, Michiel Elijzen
211 BENOOT Tiesj
212 ARNDT Nikias
213 HIRSCHI Marc
214 KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren
215 NIEUWENHUIS Joris
216 ROCHE Nicholas
217 SÜTTERLIN Jasha
TREK-SEGAFREDO
DS: Paolo Slongo, Yaroslav Popovych
221 NIBALI Vincenzo
222 BRAMBILLA Gianluca
223 CICCONE Giulio
224 CONCI Nicola
225 NIBALI Antonio
226 SKUJINS Toms
227 WEENING Pieter
UAE TEAM EMIRATES
DS: Marco Marzano, Manuele Mori
231 POGACAR Tadej
232 CONTI Valerio
233 FARIA DA COSTA Rui Alberto
234 FORMOLO Davide
235 POLANC Jan
236 RIABUSHENKO Aliaksandr
237 ULISSI Diego

Women's Strade Bianche:

Siena - Siena, 136 km
8 sections of white roads, totalling 30 km

Course map & profile

Annemiek Van Vleuten

Annemiek van Vleuten wins the 2020 Women's Strade Bianche

The race: Here's the report from winner Annemiek van Vleuten's Mitchelton-Scott team.

World champion Annemiek van Vleuten made it five wins from five starts in 2020, as she defended her Strade Bianche title in stunning style in Siena.

The 37-year-old looked to be out of the running before bridging across to a group of chasers with 16kilometres remaining and then hunting down a lone leader to take another memorable victory on the white roads of Tuscany.

Hot and Dusty
After getting underway in hot conditions, the third off-road section created the first split in the pack, leaving just 40riders at the head of the race. But the tempo soon eased as the feed zone approached, and it was quickly all back together.

The fifth and longest gravel section saw the race come alive as the peloton was whittled down to a leading group of just 20 riders over the hilly sector. However, the following road section allowed a group of chasers to make it back on, taking the leading group up to around 40riders with 50kilometres to go.

It wasn’t long before the next set of attacks were launched as a group of 11riders from 11 different teams went clear, including Australian champion Amanda Spratt. Mavi Garcia (Alé BTC Ljubljana) then went solo, taking advantage of the lack of cooperation in the group to open up a gap of over three-minutes.

Van Vleuten Appears
The chase group struggled to get organised and several attacks reduced the numbers down to six riders. Spratt managed to go with the moves and was then joined by Van Vleuten who seemed to appear out of nowhere from the peloton to join her Mitchelton-SCOTT teammate.

The world champion quickly went to the front and drove the pace following a strong turn from Spratt. The rest of the chasers couldn’t live with the injection of pace and Van Vleuten went in pursuit of Garcia alone. The gap quickly began to fall, and the catch was eventually made on the outskirts of Siena.

Garcia held on doggedly with Van Vleuten unable to shake the Spaniard off her wheel despite a number of attacks, and it looked like it would come down to the final climb to the finish. As the duo rolled under the flamme rouge Van Vleuten moved to the front and launched her final assault, dropping Garcia to solo to another famous victory.

Annemiek van Vleuten:
“Everything hard is good for me and is bad for my opponents, so I just think ‘I love the heat’.

“I’ve got so many emotions today, at first, I thought I came here for nothing. I couldn’t make my attack as my teammate Amanda was in front, and then suddenly a girl is away, Mavi Garcia, a really strong rider then I had to go full on the attack, so there were a lot of emotions.

“The speed was out of the group and then suddenly my team director said ‘Annemiek time for action’ just before the second to last gravel section, that was really uphill. That was actually the moment I had in my head to attack from the group in front hopefully, but now I had to attack there to close the gap.

“The Piazza del Campo is the most beautiful finish for me to win. I didn’t think I would catch Mavi Garcia and I believe the whole scenario made it a very spectacular race.”

Alejandro Gonzalez-Tablas (Sports Director):
"Everything went as planned, we were expecting some attacks over sector number five and that’s when Spratty was awake and following the moves there. Then she got into a really good group and we were happy with that. We sat in the group behind and it was up to the other teams in the peloton to chase."

"Then Garcia attacked from the front group and there was not really good cooperation there and Spratty was struggling a little bit, so we decided to stick to plan A and Annemiek attacked at the place we were planning."

Complete results:

123 starters, 45 classified finishers, 13 riders finished outside the time limit

136 kilometers raced at an average speed of 33.456 km/hr

1 Vleuten, Annemiek van Mitchelton-Scott 4hr 3min 54sec
2 García, Mavi Alé BTC Ljubljana @ 22sec
3 Thomas, Leah Équipe Paule Ka 1' 53''
4 Breggen, Anna van der Boels-Dolmans 2' 05''
5 Longo Borghini, Elisa Trek-Segafredo 2' 11''
6 Vos, Marianne CCC-Liv 2' 26''
7 Ludwig, Cecilie FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine 2' 40''
8 Brennauer, Lisa Ceratizit-WNT 3' 26''
9 Canuel, Karol-Ann Boels-Dolmans 4' 20''
10 Bastianelli, Marta Alé BTC Ljubljana 5' 20''
11 Leleivyte, Rasa Aromitalia-Basso 5' 21''
12 Harvey, Mikayla Équipe Paule Ka 5' 21''
13 Spratt, Amanda Mitchelton-Scott 5' 55''
14 Bujak, Eugenia Alé BTC Ljubljana 6' 02''
15 Santesteban, Ane Ceratizit-WNT 6' 23''
16 Lippert, Liane Team Sunweb 6' 27''
17 Dijk, Ellen van Trek-Segafredo 6' 43''
18 Stultiens, Sabrina CCC-Liv 6' 59''
19 Shapira, Omer Canyon-Sram 7' 08''
20 Vollering, Demi Parkhotel Valkenburg 8' 06''
21 Ragusa, Katia Astana 8' 07''
22 Confalonieri, Giulia Ceratizit-WNT 8' 16''
23 Canvelli, Vania BePink 8' 18''
24 Van De Velde, Julie Lotto-Soudal 8' 24''
25 Merino, Eider Movistar 8' 28''
26 Chabbey, Elise Équipe Paule Ka 8' 32''
27 Peñuela, Diana Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 8' 35''
28 Amialiusik, Alena Canyon-Sram 8' 45''
29 Blaak, Chantal Boels-Dolmans 8' 45''
30 Chapman, Brodie FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine 9' 28''
31 Borghesi, Letizia Aromitalia-Basso 9' 34''
32 Guderzo, Tatiana Alé BTC Ljubljana 9' 55''
33 Balsamo, Elisa Valcar-Travel & Service 10' 28''
34 Sanguineti, Ilaria Valcar-Travel & Service 10' 28''
35 Paladin, Soraya CCC-Liv 11' 03''
36 Pirrone, Elena Valcar-Travel & Service 11' 36''
37 Armitstead, Lizzie Trek-Segafredo 11' 49''
38 Koch, Franziska Team Sunweb 13' 17''
39 Barnes, Hannah Canyon-Sram 13' 17''
40 Banks, Lizzy Équipe Paule Ka 13' 17''
41 Korevaar, Jeanne CCC-Liv 13' 47''
42 Stephens, Lauren Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 14' 26''
43 Kennedy, Lucy Mitchelton-Scott 17' 52''
44 Muzic, Evita FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine 19' 09''
45 Catarzi, Giorgia BePink 19' 30''

Women's Course map & profile:

Strade Bieanche women map

Women's Strade Bianche map

Women's strade Bianche profile

Women's Strade Bianche profile