Showing posts with label Montepaschi Strade Bianche Toscana. Show all posts
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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Gilbert, King of the Strade Bianche


Philip Gilbert, the Omega Pharma-Lotto rider from Beligum, triumpheds in the Gazzetta race in Siena, beating Ballan and Cunego in the final stretch leading to Piazza del Campo: "After winning the Giro di Lombardia and now in Siena, Italy is my paradise".

Philip the Winner has now won the Strade Bianche too. Philippe Gilbert, the prince of the classics, the king of finishers, the god of the last kilometre, left his mark - on his opponents' legs, on the last corner and in the Hall of Fame of dirt-road races. In these one-day events, when it's all or nothing, do or die, Gilbert always does. In a thrilling final sprint he held off Alessandro Ballan and Damiano Cunego to finish on top of the podium - a result that has a World Championship feel to it.

The race
With one hundred and ten racers at the start, the first attack came after 5 km with De Marchi and Dutchman Posthuma; the first breakaway on the first dirt-road section, in the 37th kilometre, with Rocchetti, Luxemburger Andy Schleck, the German Sieberg, Longo Borghini and the Austrian Brandle. Schleck then dropped away (two punctures would later end his race) but the others remained compact until they were caught up by Ermeti, the Swiss Kohler, Ricci Bitti, the Slovakian Peter Velits, the Belgian Van Avermaet, the Australian O’Grady and the American Peterson. The front pack held a 3-minute lead at one point before it slowly evaporated. Van Avermaet and Roubaiz winner O’Grady found themselves alone. They were caught, raced clear, and then caught again, this time definitively 13 km from the finish. The Lampre team were racing for Cunego and the group stayed close together until the final kilometre. And that's when Gilbert made his attack.

Link to short video here.

Final 15 minutes (in Italian):

Gilbert in paradise

A beaming Gilbert said: "Italy is my paradise. My last race of 2010 was the Giro di Lombardia, the first of 2011 is the Strade Bianche, and they are two wins I'll never be able to forget. It was a fast race and a nervous finale on dangerous little streets. I knew Ballan was on my wheel and Cunego was 50 metres further behind and I didn't want him to come back. I waited for Ballan to launch his sprint before starting my own. 250 metres from the line he came up alongside me and we battled for the last corner. But I was on the inside and I knew that could be a decisive advantage." Ballan seemed happy: "We had Van Avermaet ahead of us and that allowed us to sit calmly in the chasing pack, staying on the wheel of the front few, and feeling fairly fresh. On the last stretch Gilbert made his burst. He had Cunego on his wheel but as he didn't respond immediately a bit of a gap formed. I managed to close it and went for the sprint on the outside. But on the final curve, elbow to elbow, I was afraid I would end up hitting the barriers. I had to break suddenly and that's where victory disappeared."

Cunego and Evans
Cunego was pleased: "Gilbert's burst was devastating. I tried to hang on, hoping to recover on the flat and the descent before Piazza del Campo. I went for it, I pushed, and I even almost managed to fight my way back at the end. Gilbert had more than everyone else. It was a good test for me, though. The 200 km were more suited to people like Gilbert and Ballan than me; if there had been another 50 km things might have gone differently. But if I think about last year when, because of falls and illness, I never managed to find my best form, I can't not be happy. This is a good result. Cadel Evans: "It was an exciting race, I wanted to stay up front to help my team-mates, especially Ballan. And I managed it until, about 17 km from the end, a fall in front of me forced me to slow down. I kept chasing, I almost got back but I couldn't manage it in the end. Still, it's only my second race of the year and I'm already doing well." Giovanni Visconti: "It was my first real race of the year and I was still there in the last kilometre but then I felt tired and I didn't push myself all the way." Paolo Longo Borghini was satisfied: "It was up in the air, from the start almost to the end. Exciting stuff. It was my first gravel-road finish and for me that's as good as a win."

Source: www.gazzetta.it
Photo: Bettini

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Tomorrow: Montepaschi Strade Bianche


The following teams, each composed of eight riders, will be at the start of this very Tuscan race that will be held tomorrow, Saturday, March 5th on the typical 190 km course from Gaiole in Chianti to Piazza del Campo in Siena:
ACQUA E SAPONE
ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI
BMC RACING TEAM
COLNAGO – CSF INOX
DE ROSA – CERAMICA FLAMINIA
FARNESE VINI – NERI SOTTOLI
GEOX-TMC
HTC-HIGHROAD
LAMPRE-ISD
LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE
OMEGA PHARMA-LOTTO
TEAM GARMIN-CERVELO
TEAM LEOPARD-TREK
TEAM TYPE 1

The route will have 8 sections of "white roads" totaling 57 km of the 190 km route; the longest white road section is 13.5km. The "Strade Bianchi" road race was created by RCS Sports in 2007 to establish a one day "classic" type of pro race in Italy in the early season.

Among those racing tomorrow are Fabian Cancellara (winner 2008), Mark Cavendish (winner of races such as the Milan San Remo), Andy Schleck, Damiano Cunego and the Italian champion Giovanni Visconti.

Past winners:
2010 Maxim Iglinskiy
2009 Thomas Lovquist
2008 Fabian Cancellara
2007 Alexandr Kolobnev

Garmin Sliptstream video from 2009:

Montepaschi Eroica - Behind the Scenes with GARMIN Slipstream from Media One Multimedia on Vimeo.



For those that may wish to undertake riding this route here are the descriptions, in Italian, of the white sections:

primo settore — Partenza da Gaiole in Chianti e superata Siena al km 35,0 si affronta il primo e più lungo (13,5 km, difficoltà **) tratto sterrato piuttosto impegnativo.

secondo settore — Dopo un breve intervallo asfaltato segue il secondo settore (5,5 km, difficoltà *) all'interno del bosco altimetricamente meno impegnativo.

terzo e quarto settore — Superato Buonconvento si affronta la salita di Montalcino unica asperità di giornata (4 km – 5%). Dopo Torrenieri, iniziano i tratti 3 (11,9 km, difficoltà ***) e 4 (8,0 km, difficoltà ****) intervallati da solo 1 km di asfalto, entrambi impegnativi, ondulati, molto nervosi e con parecchie curve e saliscendi.

quinto settore: il più duro — Attraversata nuovamente Buonconvento ci si immette nella ss. 2 “Cassia” per il rifornimento (km 106-109) e si raggiunge Asciano al km 132,4 dove inizia il quinto segmento sterrato di 11,5 km (quello più impegnativo della corsa, difficoltà *****), prevalentemente in salita e caratterizzato da notevoli saliscendi tra i quali vanno citati quelli in prossimità di Monte Sante Marie che raggiungono bruscamente sia in salita che in discesa (su brevi distanze) pendenze molto elevate.

sesto e settimo settore — A San Giovanni (km 163,7) inizia il settore sterrato n. 6 (di 3,3 km, difficoltà **) prevalentemente in discesa, poi si supera su asfalto Pieve a Bozzone e si affronta il penultimo settore (di 2,4 km, difficoltà ****) sulla strada in salita di Colle Pinzuto (pendenze fino al 15%).

orravo settore — Al km 176,7 si incontra l’ultimo tratto sterrato (di 1,1 km, difficoltà ***) con una sequenza di discesa secca seguita dal una ripida risalita (max 18%) che si conclude alle Tolfe. Al termine restano poco più di 12 km all’arrivo a Siena nel Campo.

Photo: Team Lampre-ISD training for the race

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Maxim Iglinskiy Wins 2010 Montepaschi Strade Bianche







A race great, everyone at the maximum. The 2010 Montepaschi Strade Bianchi road race went to Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana) of Kazakhstan. Iglinsky, last year's winner Swede Thomas Lovqvist, Australian Michael Rogers and Canadian Ryder Hesjedal escaped with 6km to go. They were joined at the top of the last climb by Filippo Pozzato and Francesco Ginanni.

In the last km befvore the finish in Piazza del Campo, Siena, Iglinskiy was first into the final sharp right-hand corner before the dive down to the finish.

The Strade Bianche is all about bravery, as riders' bike skills and nerve are tested during every moment of the 190km race. 113 riders started the race in Gaiole in Chianti, home to the start and finish of the amateur "L'Eroica" held the first Sunday in October. Only 65 finished today, spread over 13 minutes. Some professionals used a 39x27 to get over the steep pitches of the course.

Photos, top to bottom: 1and 4 Sirotti; 2, 3, 5, and 6: Bettini

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Montepaschi Strade Bianche: March 6th, Part II


The Montepaschi Strade Bianche will have important riders contending for the victory tomorrow (Saturday). Thomas Lovkvist is returning to defend last year's victory. World Champion Cadel Evans will be racing for victory with other stage champions such as Franco Pellizotti, Vincenzo Nibali, Stefano Garzelli and Alexandre Vinokourov. Specialist of the pavé Filippo Pozzato and Fabian Cancellara will be lined up at the start. Former World Champion Ballan will be there as well.

The course will be 190 km in length starting in Gaiole in Chianti and finishing in the Piazza del Campo in Sienna. The route will have 8 sections of white roads totalling 57 km of the 190 km route; the longest white road section is 13.5km.

The finish in Siena at the Piazza del Campo is expected at approximately 1530 (Italy). A one hour program of the race will begin on RAI 3 at 1625.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Montepaschi Strade Bianche: March 6th


This professional one day race has its roots in a course and event begun by amateur cyclists at the "L'Eroica". For the 4th edition this year there is yet another slight name change. Now simply named the "Montepaschi Strade Bianche" it has been previously named the "Montepaschi Strade Bianche, Eroica Toscana" and "Eroica".

The race came about due to Italy wanting to establish a new one day classic on the professional calendar to rival the traditional Spring classics. To accomplish this the race offers the white gravel and shale roads of Tuscany rather than the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix. The course will be 190 km in length starting in Gaiole in Chianti and finishing in the Piazza del Campo in Sienna. The route will have 8 sections of white roads totalling 57 km of the 190 km route; the longest white road section is 13.5km.

Past winners:
2009 Thomas Lovquist
2008 Fabian Cancellara
2007 Alexandr Kolobnev

Invited teams to this year's race, and team captain(s):
ACQUA & SAPONE-MOKAMBO (Ita): Garzelli, Paolini
AG2R LA MONDIALE (Fra): Efimkin
ANDRONI-DIQUIGIOVANNI (Ita): Ginanni
ASTANA (Kaz): Vinokourov
BMC (Usa): Evans, Ballan
CERVELO TEST TEAM (Svi): Hammond
GARMIN-TRANSITION (Usa): Hesjedal
ISD-NERI (Ita): Visconti
LAMPRE-FARNESE VINI (Ita): Bernucci, Gavazzi
LIQUIGAS-DOIMO (Ita): Pellizotti
OMEGA PHARMA-LOTTO (Bel): Peraud
SKY PROFESSIONAL CT (GB): Lofkvist
TEAM HTC-COLUMBIA (Usa): Cavendish, Pinotti
TEAM KATUSHA (Rus): Pozzato, Kirchen
TEAM SAXO BANK (Dan): Cancellara

The L'Eroica, for amateurs, will be held October 3, 2010.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Invitations to Italian Classics


March is a round the corner, finally! RCS Sport, also organizer of the Giro d'Italia, has announced the list of teams invited to its Montepaschi Strade Bianche Toscana (March 6), Tirreno-Adriatico (stage race March 10-16) and Milano-Sanremo (March 20) races.

The only Italian Pro Continental team not to be invited to any of the races was the Ceramica Flaminia squad of Riccardo Riccò (whose suspension ends on March 19th).

De Rosa-Stac Plastic team was not eligible for entry into Tirreno-Adriatico and Milano-Sanremo as they were not selected as a "wild card" team.

Invitations:

Montepaschi Strade Bianche Toscana, March 6

Acqua & Sapone-Mokambo
AG2R La Mondiale
Androni-Diquigiovanni
Astana
BMC
Cervélo Test Team
Garmin-Transition
ISD-Neri
Lampre-Farnese Vini
Liquigas-Doimo
Omega Pharma-Lotto
Sky Professional Cycling Team
Team HTC-Columbia
Team Katusha
Team Saxo Bank

Tirreno-Adriatico, March 10-16

Acqua & Sapone-Mokambo
AG2R La Mondiale
Androni-Diquigiovanni
Astana
BMC
Caisse d'Epargne
Cervélo Test Team
Colnago-CSF Inox
Euskaltel-Euskadi
Francaise Des Jeux
Garmin-Transitions
ISD-Neri
Lampre-Farnese Vini
Liquigas-Doimo
Omega Pharma-Lotto
Quick Step
Rabobank
Sky Professional Cycling Team
Team HTC-Columbia
Team Katusha
Team Milram
Team Saxo Bank

Milano-Sanremo, March 20

Acqua & Sapone-Mokambo
AG2R La Mondiale
Androni-Diquigiovanni
Astana
Bbox Bouygues Telecom
BMC
Caisse d'Epargne
Carmiooro-NGC
Cervélo Test Team
Colnago-CSF Inox
Euskaltel-Euskadi
Francaise Des Jeux
Garmin-Transition
ISD-Neri
Lampre-Farnese Vini
Liquigas-Doimo
Omega Pharma-Lotto
Quick Step
Rabobank
Sky Professional Cycling Team
Team HTC-Columbia
Team Katusha
Team Milram
Team RadioShack
Team Saxo Bank

Photo: 2009 Montepaschi Strade Bianche Toscana

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