San Gimignano will host the start of the eighth edition of Strade Bianche in Tuscany, Italy, on Saturday March 8.
The revised route featured 50 kilometres of rough, white roads in 10 sections organiser RCS Sport revealed at the race’s launch on Thursday in Siena.
The first sector of ‘white road’ starts just 33 kilometres into the race, a 2.2-kilometre section just past the village of Monteriggioni and the final section is 12 kilometres from the finish line in Piazza Il Campo, Siena.
The rough roads and proliferation of short, sharp climbs and descents make the race a technical feast. Last year, Moreno Moser (Cannondale) took a solo victory after putting in a late attack from an escape group.
“The Strade Bianche is a jewel in the international cycling scene,” said RCS Sport’s Mauro Vegni. “This year the route is technically more difficult than in the past, given the greater number of sections of earthworks at the start, while the end is modeled on the traditional route, with the finish in the Piazza del Campo in Siena.”
Eighteen teams of eight riders apiece will line up to contest the race, 11 of which are WorldTour-level squads including British-based outfit Sky.
Strade Bianche 2014: Teams
Strade Bianche: Past winners
2013 Moreno Moser (Ita)
2012 Fabian Cancellara (Swi)
2011 Philippe Gilbert (Bel)
2010 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz)
2009 Thomas Lovkvist (Swe)
2008 Fabian Cancellara (Swi)
2007 Aleksandr Kolobnev (Rus)
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Strade Bianche 2013: Moreno Moser leads a Cannondale one-two with team-mate Peter Sagan in second