18 teams will take to the start line of the Italian one-day race, Strade Bianche on Saturday

Despite only beginning life as a fully-fledged race in 2007, Strade Bianche has become an established and exciting race in its own right, attracting many of the top teams and riders who are building up to the Spring Classics and other stage races like Tirreno-Adriatico.

Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-Quick Step) took the win in the 2014 race, but won’t lineup for the race this year as the world champion takes to Paris-Nice which starts the day after.

Runner-up Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) will return to to the white roads of Tuscany, but will face stiff competition from the likes of two-time winner Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) and other Classics specialists like Greg Van Avermaet (BMC).

2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali will feature for Astana at the race, despite ongoing licence issues, while Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) will be looking to make the most of the tough climbs towards the finale of the 200km route.

The race itself gets underway at 10.30am local time (11.30GMT) on Saturday, while TV coverage will begin later in the afternoon.

Strade Bianche 2015 TV listings (Saturday, March 7):

UK: Live coverage – British Eurosport, 13.15 – 14.30GMT (75mins)
Highlights – British Eurosport 2, 19.00 – 20.00GMT, British Eurosport, 22.00-23.00GMT

Europe: Live coverage – Eurosport 2, 13.45 – 15-30CET (105mins)