The bicycles of the Trek-Segafredo women's team were stolen in the night from Friday to Saturday. As a result, Ellen van Dijk and Lucinda Brand, among others, will have to start on spare bicycles in Strade Bianche.
The team reports that thieves managed to enter the truck from the top and stole six bicycles. Remarkably, the bicycle of the Italian Elisa Longho Borghini was not taken. She won Strade Bianche in 2017.
The American team has spare bicycles with it, on which the riders will start. The second bicycle of Van Dijk is of a different model, she rides the bicycle of Koen de Kort, who rides in the men's team of Trek. "That bike has been converted to my sizes, so we can get off to a good start," says Van Dijk to NOS .
"That was really crazy waking up for us and also a bit of a shock," she says. "Fortunately, everything has already been arranged, but it is very sour."
Bad start to the day for the team in Italy. Six Trek Émonda of the women team were stolen in the night. The thieves broke through the roof of the truck and took the bikes. The riders will still start the @StradeBianche on spare bikes.Avatar
Van Vleuten and Alaphilippe defending champions in Tuscany
The Strade Bianche for women starts at 11.55 am. The peloton travels 136 kilometers, partly on the white unpaved roads to which the race got its name. Last year's winner Annemiek van Vleuten is now also at the start.
The men will start with title defender Julian Alaphilippe in Siena at 1.45 p.m. They drive 184 kilometers.