Good afternoon and welcome to the live blog of the Strade Bianche, the first World Tour race since the start of the corona crisis. My name is Jeroen van Barneveld and I keep abreast of developments in the race.

  • LIVE:
  • 184 km (63 km unpaved)
  • Van der Poel released
  • Van Vleuten wins with the women

Strade Bianche · a few seconds ago

Still 12.4 km  - Van Aert demarcates!

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Strade Biancheone minute ago

Another 13 km  - There Le Tolfe looms. And that is the starting signal for the eleventh and last gravel strip of this course. The percentages on this hill do rise to 18. In combination with the gravel, a tough exercise for the five leaders. Who still has the best legs?

Strade Bianche · 5 minutes ago

This is what the final of the Strade Bianche looks like. The five front runners are approaching the last stretch and have many rolling kilometers to go.

Strade Bianche · 7 minutes ago

Still 17 km  - The five leaders have finished the tenth and penultimate strip and are preparing for the absolute final of the Strade Bianche. The last gravel road is 13 kilometers from the line, which is on a climb with a gradient of 18. Will the decision be made there?

Strade Biancheone hour ago

Another 18 km  - Alberto Bettiol gets some water from a spectator thrown over his body and that apparently gives him the last push to look for the attack. He accelerates from the group of five.

Strade Bianche · 10 minutes ago

Still 18.6 km  - Fusion! Wout van Aert and Maximilian Schachmann cannot enjoy their lead for long and are caught in the chasing group, led by an unleashed Jakob Fuglsang.

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Strade Biancheone hour ago

Another 19 km  - The curtain falls for Greg Van Avermaet. It must fit on the first meters of the tenth gravel strip. Five riders are still competing for the victory.

Strade Biancheone hour ago

Another 20 km  - Greg Van Avermaet is in doubt and that seems to cost him the head. Wout van Aert and Maximilian Schachmann have left and start the tenth and penultimate gravel strip with a six-second lead. It is 2.4 kilometers long and quite steep.

Strade Bianche · 15 minutes ago

Another 22 km  - Maximilian Schachmann opens the ball on the asphalt and attacks! Wout van Aert has no doubts and jumps into the wheel of the German champion.

Strade Bianche · 17 minutes ago

Another 23 km  - Wout van Aert briefly leads the dance on the ninth gravel strip, but he probably thinks it is still too early to open the attack and he drops down again. Meanwhile, the group with Stybar, among others, is rapidly approaching. The backlog has shrunk to 50 seconds.

Strade Bianche · 20 minutes ago

23.8 km to go  - There is the ninth gravel strip today, 800 meters long. Does a frontrunner already dare?

20 minutes ago

Strade Bianche · 26 minutes ago

Another 28 km  - The six front runners spin in good harmony on the Tuscan asphalt. That will be different on the ninth gravel strip, although there is little time to make a hole. The gravel road, 24 kilometers from the finish, is only 800 meters long.

Strade Bianche · 30 minutes ago

Still 31 km -  Finally there is a time difference with a chasing group. Stybar, Bookwalter and Gogl ride 1.30 behind the six-person breakaway. They seem to have no chance of winning.

Strade Biancheone hour ago

Another 33 km  - The leading group of six men consists of multiple winners and great champions. Maximilian Schachmann is German champion, Alberto Bettiol winner of the 2019 Tour of Flanders, Davide Formolo Italian champion, Greg Van Avermaet reigning Olympic champion and winner of Paris-Roubaix, Jakob Fuglsang winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2019 and Wout, among others. Van Aert three-time cyclocross world champion.

Strade Bianche · 40 minutes ago

38 km to go  - German champion Maximilian Schachmann puts some ice blocks on his neck to cool before the fireworks burst again. The mercury in Tuscany is running at 40 degrees Celsius. Who will stay coolest in the scorching heat?

Strade Biancheone hour ago

We have already put a line through a lot of favorites and contenders in this thrilling edition of the Strade Bianche. These top favorites already had to fit:

  • Mathieu van der Poel
  • Julian Alaphilippe
  • Peter Sagan
  • Michał Kwiatkowski

42 minutes ago

Strade Biancheone hour ago

Still 42 km  - After 11.5 kilometers of gravel, the riders finally have asphalt under their wheels again and go on the sloping roads towards the finish on the Piazza del Campo in Siena. Three more clay strips to go for, among others, the six leaders.

Strade Biancheone hour ago

Another 42 km  - Merging! The five pursuers connect with leader Jakob Fuglsang, who has wasted precious energy on this eighth gravel road. These six riders will probably compete for the victory in the Strade Bianche.

Strade Biancheone hour ago

Another 46 km  - The clatter of weapons has been silent for a while and the group of favorites is working on a chase after leader Jakob Fuglsang. The group consists of five riders: Maximilian Schachmann (BORA-hansgrohe), Greg Van Avermaet (CCC), Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Alberto Bettiol (EF Pro Cycling) and Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates).

Strade Biancheone hour ago

Painful image for the followers who watch the Strade Bianche with orange glasses. Mathieu van der Poel must take care of Monte Santa Maria and takes Julian Alaphilippe with him in his grave.

Strade Biancheone hour ago

Another 49 km  - Jakob Fuglsang works away from the group and goes deep into the red to make a hole with the group of favorites. There are more than twenty seconds between him and the pursuers.

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Strade Biancheone hour ago

Another 50 km  - In the white matter we see the silhouettes of seven leaders in the Strade Bianche. they are Jakob Fuglsang, Maximilian Schachmann, Greg Van Avermaet, Alberto Bettiol, Michael Gogl, Michal Kwiatkowski, Wout Van Aert and Davide Formolo.

Strade Biancheone hour ago

Another 51 km  - Julian Alaphilippe is also in trouble. Last year's winner may be the fast pace of Van Aert and co. do not follow and must leave a hole.

Strade Biancheone hour ago

Still 52 km  - Acceleration in the pack! Jakob Fuglsang sets up a gear and Wout Van Aert can follow him. Mathieu van der Poel is having a hard time. He sinks further and further into the group and seems to hoist the white flag.

Strade Biancheone hour ago

Still 52 km  - On the first meters of Monte Santa Maria, there is already direct war at the front. Michael Gogl (NTT Pro Cycling) stompes on his pedals and takes the lead in the race.

Strade Biancheone hour ago

Another 54 km  - The riders can start dusting again, because they have started on the eighth gravel strip in the Strade Bianche. According to the organization, this is the toughest gravel road of the day, no less than 11.5 kilometers long. Will Mathieu van der Poel report back to the front on Monte Santa Maria?

Strade Biancheone hour ago

Still 56 km  - There are still four pursuers who hunt for the wheel of front runner Simon Clarke. These are Michael Gogl, Gorka Izagirre, Jack Bauer and Marcus Burghardt. Their backlog is about 5 seconds.

Strade Biancheone hour ago

Another 58 km  - Simon Clarke (EF Pro Cycling) thinks it all goes too slowly after the eating break and jumps out of the pack a few kilometers before the start of the tough eighth gravel road. Nobody wants to chase him.

Strade Biancheone hour ago

Assignment! Tiesj Benoot, the winner of 2018, gives up, his team Sunweb reports. The Belgian fell back too far after a flat tire on a gravel road and got into the car. This also applies to his teammate Søren Kragh Andersen.

Strade Biancheone hour ago

Another 60 km  - Van der Poel was briefly delayed by the fall of Alaphilippe and Nibali, among others, but returns to the peloton. The eighth gravel road follows, which is no less than 11.5 kilometers long. There the first fireworks are expected in the sweltering Tuscany.

Strade Bianche · 2 hours ago

Still 61 km Fall! Vincenzo Nibali and top favorite Julian Alaphilippe hit the asphalt. They both climb on their bikes again.

Strade Bianche · 2 hours ago

Another 68 km  - There is the first malheur for Mathieu van der Poel. The Brabander is on the side with his bicycle, probably with a flat front tire. Fortunately for him, the real final has yet to come.

Strade Bianche · 2 hours ago

Back to the women's race. Annemiek van Vleuten completes a nice catch-up race and crosses the finish line with a clenched fist in Piazza del Campo in Siena.

Strade Bianche · 2 hours ago

Still 73 km  - The peloton has thinned considerably after the tempo accelerations of Mathieu van der Poel and Julian Alaphilippe. Still, a few riders manage to jump out of the group. Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Marcus Burghardt (BORA-hansgrohe) and Lawson Craddock (EF Pro Cycling) connect with leader Simon Pellaud and have a lead of 35 seconds.

Strade Bianche · 2 hours ago

Another 71 km  - Mathieu van der Poel shows himself for the first time in the Strade Bianchi. De Brabander follows the wheel of Julian Alaphilippe, who places the first gear of the day on the seventh gravel strip.

Strade Bianche · 2 hours ago

This is the result of the Strade Bianche in women:

  • Annemiek van Vleuten - 4.03.54
  • Margarita Garcia +0.22
  • Leah Thomas +1.53
  • Anna van der Breggen +2.05
  • Elisa Longo Borghini +2.11
  • Marianne Vos +2.26
  • Cecilie Ludwig +2.40
  • Lisa Brennauer +3.26
  • Karol-Ann Canuel +4.20
  • Strade Bianche · 2 hours ago

    Van Vleuten: 'Thought I had come for nothing'
    Annemiek van Vleuten never thought she could win Strade Bianche for the second year in a row. "I thought I had come for free and that my teammate (Amanda Spratt, ed.) Would win and I wouldn't be able to attack," she says of her impressive win in Siena. "But when Garcia ran away alone, I went on the offensive. The Piazza del Campo is the best place to win."

    Strade Bianche · 2 hours ago

    Van Vleuten strongest in Strade Bianche for the second year in a row after a beautiful solo
    Annemiek van Vleuten is, just like last year, the strongest in the Strade Bianche. The Dutch overtakes the Spanish Mavi Garcia after a handsome solo and makes the difference on the last steep stretch. Leah Thomas finishes third.

    Strade Bianche · 2 hours ago

    Garcia rolls second over the line, while Thomas finishes third.

    Strade Bianche · 2 hours ago

    FINISH - Van Vleuten wins!

    Strade Bianche · 2 hours ago

    Another 500 m -  Van Vleuten solos to the line. What a great number from the Dutch!

    Strade Bianche · 2 hours ago

    Another 800 meters -  That's where Van Vleuten makes the difference! She makes her mark on the steep part in the center of Siena. Garcia is parked.

    Strade Bianche · 2 hours ago

    Last kilometer! Who will win the Strade Bianche?

    Strade Bianche · 2 hours ago

    Another 1.5 km -  Van Vleuten tries to release Garcia, but the Spanish is tough. So they are still together.

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