Italy, land of vino, pasta, Fausto Coppi and home of the ultimate retro-ride. L’Eroica, “the Heroic,” runs every October, but it has been canceled for 2020. PEZman Leslie Reissner looks back to when he was lucky enough to join the participants enjoying some fine weather, great food and some truly terrible roads on heavy bicycles with inappropriate gearing and lousy brakes.
The first race back after the Covid-19 break didn't disappoint with action all the way to the finish line of the Strade Bianche. Ex-World cross champion, Wout Van Aert timed his attack to perfection on the final section of Tuscan grit and soloed to a magnificent victory.
At long last the 2020 race season will restart. The first big race is the Strade Bianche, over the gravel roads of Siena on August the 1st. To whet your appetite for the white roads Classic, PEZ photographer, John Thomson has emptied his photo files to compile his favorite Strade Bianche shots.
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.
Race Report: What can stop the Deceuninck - Quick-Step team? Just when you think the Belgian 'Super Team' will take a weekend off, they come back with the win in the Strade Bianche with Julian Alaphilippe crossing the line first. Astana's Jakob Fuglsang was second and Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), like 2018, was third.
PeloPics: This Saturday the pro peloton hit's the dust or mud, depending on the weather, of the white roads of the Tuscan Strade Bianche. One rider who will be looking for his second win, will be Quick-Step Floors' Philippe Gilbert. The Belgian took his first white roads win in 2011, check out this very cool Cor Vos photo gallery and race video.
2019 Strade Bianche Race Preview: After opening the early Classics season in Belgium, the pro peloton moves south to Italy and the dusty (or mud if it rains) 'White Roads' of the Province of Siena in Tuscany. Ahead of Saturday's race we take a look at the history, course and the top riders to attack the Strade Bianche.