Italian classic Strade Bianche was the first race to fall to cancellation because of the coronavirus pandemic. Originally scheduled for March 7, both men’s and women’s editions of the Tuscan race will now take place on August 1 2020.
The races take place over 184km and 136km respectively, with 65km and 30km of the famous white gravel roads in each respective race. Strade Bianche is the first race of the revised UCI WorldTour calendars, which run to early November.
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The start lists for the race are still not certain, however some riders have confirmed their presence at the race. Last year’s runner-up Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) will ride in the men’s edition, along with former winner Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Ineos). Other big name riders include Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).
Strade Bianche 2020 start list (men)
All 17 WorldTour teams are eligible to race, and six Wild Card teams have also been invited to complete the 184km in 2020.
Astana Pro Team (Kaz)
FUGLSANG Jakob (Den)
LUTSENKO Alexey (Kaz)
AG2R La Mondiale (confirmed)
VAN AVERMAET Greg
Deceuninck – Quick-Step
EF Pro Cycling
Israel Start-Up Nation
VAN DER POEL Mathieu
B&B Hotels-Vital Concept p/b KTM
Strade Bianche 2020 start list (women)
The 23 women’s teams taking on the 136km elite women’s course: