Strade Bianche’19: Tuscan Countryside & Finalé – Photo Special!

PeloPics:  Rolling Tuscan hills, large villas, olive and cypress trees, hilltop villages and those ‘white roads’, rank the Strade Bianche photos among the most picturesque views of any race in the professional cycling calendar.  We’ve picked the best shots of the countryside by Cor Vos, plus the riders on the last climb to the Piazza del Campo in Siena by John Thomson.

The Full Race Report HERE and more from Tuscany in EUROTRASH Monday HERE.

Unlike 2018, this year’s Strade Bianche was a dry and dusty affair

Keep to the windward side of the team cars

The white gravel roads

Not the same as Paris-Roubaix, but with all the romance

The farm roads don’t see much traffic on other days

The cypress trees edge the Tuscan roads

There were knots of fans dotted along the course

It all became too much for EF Education First’s Alberto Bettiol

Unlike Paris-Roubaix, the Strade Bianche is far from flat

The typical Tuscan villa

The peloton on the back roads

Splits in the peloton

And regroupments

Rob Power (Sunweb) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) fought through the dust

Up hill and down

First ride in the Strade Bianche for Julian Alaphilippe and Frenchman wins

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) attacked on the run-in, but Alaphilippe had the final jump

Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) cracked in the finalé again to finish 3rd

4th place for Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck – Quick-Step)… maybe one day

Ties Benoot was good, but…

Tim Wellens – Two in the ‘Top Ten’ for Lotto Soudal, but no win

11th for Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) topped off another great day for the Belgian team

Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas (Sky) missed the important move but worked his way through to 12th

14th for Silvan Dillier (AG2R-La Mondiale) and 15th Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) at just under 3 minutes

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Rob Power (Sunweb) rode in together in 31st and 32nd places at nearly 9 minutes

Another win for Deceuninck – Quick-Step – Alaphilippe and Lampaert

Nice backdrop for the podium in Siena’s Piazza del Campo

Have a look at the Strade Bianche PEZ Preview for the build up to the big day.

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