Tiesj Benoot puts in super show of strength to win 2018 Strade Bianche

The young Belgian bridged between groups on the road before attacking on the final climb to take his first WorldTour win

Tiesj Benoot wins the 2018 Strade Bianche (Foto LaPresse - Fabio Ferrari)

(Image credit: LaPresse)

Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal) put in an impressive show of strength to take victory in a wet and muddy edition of Strade Bianche.

The Belgian won the 2018 edition after breaking away from Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) and world cyclocross champion Wout Van Aert (Veranda's Willems Crelan) with 12.3km to go on the final gravel covered climb.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).