Mar 7, 2015
The Strade Bianche, formerly known as Monte Paschi Eroica (2007, 2008) and Montepaschi Strade Bianche (2009, 2010, 2011), is a road bicycle race held annually near Siena, in the region of Tuscany, Italy. The race was first organised in 2007 as a 1.1 event on the UCI Europe Tour and was held in October. From 2008 on the event has found a space in early March as part of the European classics season. It is held the week before Tirreno–Adriatico as a warm weather precursor to the cobbled classics of the north. The field is usually made up of riders taking part in Tirreno–Adriatico.
The race starts in San Gimignano and finishes in the famous public space Piazza del Campo in Siena. The route consists of 197 kilometres around the city of Siena, including 45 kilometres of gravel roads, called sterrati in Italy. Parts of the route were originally used in a recreational race, or gran fondo. The organizers of the race, RCS sports, were inspired by the Tour of Flanders with its bergs (hills), and Paris–Roubaix with its cobblestone sections. — wikipedia [Europe Tour 1.HC | ITA] #StradeBianche
* Ladies from 7pm AEDT. Men at 8:30pm AEDT.
Finish times approx 10pm & 1:30am AEDT.