Fabian Cancellara at the 2016 Strade Bianche (Watson)
Even under heavy cloud cover, the Tuscan scenery provided a beautiful backdrop to the race action, which took in nine sectors of unmade gravel roads.
Salvatore Puccio suffered a mechanical issue which saw him drop out of the day's original escape group, with the chase group quickly catching up with him. Bike racing can be a hard sport.
Fabian Cancellara celebrates his third victory in the Strade Bianche: the only rider to have won three editions of the race. Second-placed Zdenek Stybar, who won in 2015, dips his head after attempting to overhaul Cancellara on the final climb.
Lars-Petter Nordhaug attacks from the chase group to try and catch the eascape group ahead. He was reeled back in, but finished the race in ninth spot - Sky's highest-placed rider.
Fabian Cancellara celebrates his victory on the podium, showing everyone how many times he has won the race in its 10-year history.
Brent Bookwalter was part of the day's original five-man escape group. Only Gianluca Brambilla would survive to contest the finish.
Peter Sagan was part of the final four-man selection that also included Fabian Cancellara, Zdenek Stybar and Gianluca Brambilla. He would have to settle for fourth place after fading on the final climb.
The peloton at the 10th edition of Strade Bianche passes by a vineyard in among the rolling scenery of Tuscany.
German powerhouse Tony Martin hits the front of the peloton. Martin is trying his hand in the classics during 2016 to see how he fares.
In a move that turned out to pave the way for his victory, Fabian Cancellara leaves the chase group to bridge up to the leaders.