In only its 13th year, Strade Bianche has already been written into the history books as one of the most iconic cycling classics in the world. Taking place on Saturday, the Italian UCI World Tour Classic will once again head to the famous white Tuscan roads.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will line up at Strade Bianche on Saturday, intent on pulling off another strong World Tour result with a versatile line up.
Our Riders to watch
Ben King – With his European base only a little over an hour drive away from Siena, Strade Bianche is close enough to be a home race for King. Accustomed to taking his BMC road bike off rode, our double Vuelta stage winner will relish racing on the dirt come Saturday.
Michael Valgren – Having only raced Strade Bianche once before, Valgren’s capabilities at this race is somewhat of an unknown. That being said, if the Danish star is on a good day, he can probably win any single day race in the world.
“Strade Bianche is one of the most beautiful races of the year. It’s my first time racing it. I love training on gravel and so I’m excited to try these sectors in a race. Not only that but it’s close to my European home, Lucca, so my wife and friends will be there to cheer. Our team is strong and hungry.” – Ben King
There are 11 sectors of white dirt roads to contend over the 184km route but sectors 5 & 6, which only have a kilometer of respite between, cover an astonishing 20km. Expect the biggest shake ups to occur over these two sectors.