Strade Bianche 2015 preview

A look ahead to Saturday's Strade Bianche race in Italy: course, teams, past winners and more

The peloton in the 2014 Strade Bianche

(Image credit: Watson)

Since its introduction to the cycling calendar in 2007, Strade Bianche (Saturday, March 7) in Italy has become one of the most anticipated races of the spring.

Its appeal lies in its uniqueness. As a one-day race held in spring it is in many ways similar to the races held in northern Europe – the gruelling, undulating terrain ensures that events play out in the chaotic manner of a spring classic, and at around 200km in length it comfortably falls into the category of ‘semi-classic’.

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Stephen Puddicombe is a freelance journalist for Cycling Weekly, who regularly contributes to our World Tour racing coverage with race reports, news stories, interviews and features. Outside of cycling, he also enjoys writing about film and TV - but you won't find much of that content embedded into his CW articles.