Lizzie Armitstead and Marianne Vos will come head to head at the inaugural Strade Bianche as organisers announce a preliminary list of starters

Strade Bianche organiser RCS Sport has announced an impressive list of starters for the inaugural women’s elite race on March 7.

The race will depart just hours before the men’s race and will see rivals Lizzie Armitstead and Marianne Vos come head to head in the one-day race.

Armitstead and Vos will be leading their respective Dutch teams, Boels Dolmans and Rabo-Liv in the race that sees riders travel between two World Heritage sites.

Departing San Gimignano, the route passes through the medieval village of Monteriggioni before it deviates from the men’s course, rejoining 20km from the finish line.

The Colle Pinzuto climb hits gradients of 15 per cent, while the final sections ramp up to 18 per cent to challenge the riders before the 12km sprint to the finish line at Siena’s Piazza del Campo.

Starting teams
RABO LIV WOMEN CYCLING TEAM (NED) – Marianne Vos
BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM (NED) – Lizzie Armitstead
WIGGLE HONDA (GBR) – Elisa Longo Borghini, Giorgia Bronzini
VELOCIO – SRAM (GER) – Lisa Brennauer, Tiffany Cromwell
ORICA – AIS (AUS) – Emma Johansson, Valentina Scandolara
BIGLA PRO CYCLING TEAM (SUI) – Annemiek Van Vleuten
LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES (BEL) – Elena Cecchini
ALE CIPOLLINI (ITA) – Francesca Cauz
INPA SOTTOLI GIUSFREDI (ITA) – Rossella Ratto
ASTANA – ACCA DUE O (KAZ) – Anna Solovey
BTC CITY LJUBLJANA (SLO) – Eva Lechner
SERVETTO FOOTON (ITA) – Elena Kuchinskaya
S.C. MICHELA FANINI ROX (ITA) – Lara Vieceli
BE PINK LACLASSICA (ITA) – Anastasia Chulkova
AROMITALIA VAIANO (ITA) – Rasa Leleyvite
TOP GIRLS FASSA BORTOLO (ITA) – Chiara Pierobon