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Foto LaPresse - Fabio Ferrari 03/03/2018 Siena (Italia) Sport Ciclismo Strade Bianche 2018 - Gara donne - da Siena a Siena - 136 km (84,5 miglia) Photo LaPresse - Fabio Ferrari 03/03/2018 Siena (Italy) Sport Cycling Strade Bianche 2018 - Woman Elite race - from Siena to Siena - 136 km (84,5 miles)

Benoot Wins The Strade Bianche 2018!

PeloPics: Belgian rider Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) won the 12th edition of Strade Bianche – NamedSport. After 184 muddy kilometers from Siena (Fortezza Medicea) to Siena (Piazza del Campo), Benoot came in 39 seconds ahead of Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) with World cyclocross champion, Wout Van Aert (Verandas Willems-Crelan) in 3rd place at 58 seconds.

Siena - Italy - Cycling - Cyclisme - Radsport - Wielrennen - illustration scenic pictured during Strade Bianche 2018 from Siena to Siena 184 km - 03/03/2018 - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos ©2018

Siena - Italy - Cycling - Cyclisme - Radsport - Wielrennen - Tom Dumoulin (NED - Team Sunweb) pictured during Strade Bianche 2018 from Siena to Siena 184 km - 03/03/2018 - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos ©2018

Siena - Italy - Cycling - Cyclisme - Radsport - Wielrennen - illustration scenic pictured during Strade Bianche 2018 from Siena to Siena 184 km - 03/03/2018 - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos ©2018

Siena - Italy - Cycling - Cyclisme - Radsport - Wielrennen - Simon Geschke (GER - Team Sunweb) pictured during Strade Bianche 2018 from Siena to Siena 184 km - 03/03/2018 - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos ©2018

Siena - Italy - Cycling - Cyclisme - Radsport - Wielrennen - Enrico Battaglin (ITA - Team LottoNL - Jumbo) pictured during Strade Bianche 2018 from Siena to Siena 184 km - 03/03/2018 - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos ©2018

Siena - Italy - Cycling - Cyclisme - Radsport - Wielrennen - Michal Kwiatkowski (POL - Team Sky) pictured during Strade Bianche 2018 from Siena to Siena 184 km - 03/03/2018 - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos ©2018

Siena - Italy - Cycling - Cyclisme - Radsport - Wielrennen - Tiesj Benoot (BEL - Lotto Soudal) pictured during Strade Bianche 2018 from Siena to Siena 184 km - 03/03/2018 - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos ©2018

Foto LaPresse - Fabio Ferrari 03/03/2018 Siena (Italia) Sport Ciclismo Strade Bianche 2018 - Gara donne - da Siena a Siena - 136 km (84,5 miglia) Photo LaPresse - Fabio Ferrari 03/03/2018 Siena (Italy) Sport Cycling Strade Bianche 2018 - Woman Elite race - from Siena to Siena - 136 km (84,5 miles)

Siena - Italy - Cycling - Cyclisme - Radsport - Wielrennen - Tiesj Benoot (BEL - Lotto Soudal) pictured during Strade Bianche 2018 from Siena to Siena 184 km - 03/03/2018 - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos ©2018

Siena - Italy - Cycling - Cyclisme - Radsport - Wielrennen - Wout Van Aert (BEL - Verandas Willems - Crelan) pictured during Strade Bianche 2018 from Siena to Siena 184 km - 03/03/2018 - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos ©2018

Speaking seconds after the finish, a victorious Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) said: “I didn’t expect to go so well. I decided to continue solo after I bridged the gap to Van Aert and Bardet. It was the right move. It’s really nice to finally get my first pro win. There were a lot of expectations of me after I finished 5th at the Tour of Flanders three years ago – Belgian journalists put a lot of pressure on me. I knew I’d win something big one day – it’s today – and I knew Strade Bianche would be a good opportunity for me to do so.”

Foto LaPresse - Fabio Ferrari 03/03/2018 Siena (Italia) Sport Ciclismo Strade Bianche 2018 - Gara donne - da Siena a Siena - 136 km (84,5 miglia) Photo LaPresse - Fabio Ferrari 03/03/2018 Siena (Italy) Sport Cycling Strade Bianche 2018 - Woman Elite race - from Siena to Siena - 136 km (84,5 miles)

Strade Bianche Result:
1. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal in 5:03:33
2. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:39
3. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Veranda’s Willems-Crelan at 0:58
4. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 1:25
5. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 1:27
6. Robert Power (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott at 1:29
7. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors at 1:42
8. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe at 2:08
9. Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors at 2:11
10. Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 2:18.

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