Michal Kwiatkowski: 'No special equipment is needed to win Strade Bianche'

Defending Strade Bianche champion Michal Kwiatkowski dispels the notion that you need to adapt your bike to tackle the mud and gravel roads of the Tuscan race on Saturday

Greg Van Avermaet (left) and Michal Kwiatkowski (right) during the 2017 Strade Bianche.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski says that special equipment is unnecessary to win on the muddy, gravel roads of Strade Bianche on Saturday.

He is aiming for a third title when he lines up for the 184-kilometre race to add to his wins in 2014 and 2017. The riders race 63 kilometres on Tuscany's famous white gravel roads, which were covered in snow a few days ago, but have now changed to mud with rising temperatures.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.