Strade Bianche is a unique race in the professional calendar that has its earned place in the hearts of cycling fans, despite only being in existence for 12 years. While amateurs are often found aping their heroes at cyclosportives or granfondos, the first Italian race of the World Tour season in fact reverses the paradigm.
When is Strade Bianche?
The fifth WorldTour race of the season – and its third one-day race following the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and last weekend’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad – gets under way at 10.45am (9.45am GMT) on Saturday March 9, 2019. The women’s race, which is 48km shorter than the men’s, starts at 9.15am (8.15am GMT).
How long is this year’s race?
The Strade Bianche is just 184 kilometres long. The women’s is 136km.
How can I watch this year’s race?
Those lucky enough to have subscriptions to Eurosport can follow all the action on British Eurosport2 with coverage running from 12.30pm (women’s coverage from 11.30am) through to the race’s conclusion at around 2.30pm (GMT). If you cannot watch the race live then you can follow the latter stages of the race right here.
Strade Bianche in summary
How long is it? 184 kilometres
The race in three words: Chalky, lumpy, retro.
Last year’s winner: Tiesj Benoot (Lotto–Soudal)
Most wins: 3 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) 2008, 2012, 2016.
What’s in it for the winner?
The winner of the men’s race will trouser a cheque – or possibly a bank transfer to the same value, we have not asked race organisers RCS Sport – to the value of €16,000 which, by our calculations, is over 600 per cent more than their female counterparts. The second-placed rider in the men’s race takes home €8,000 and the rider on the third step of the podium €4,000.