Strade Bianche Gallery – By Paolo Cibra

Last Saturday 142 riders lined up for the eighth edition of the Italian race that has become known as Strade Bianche. The honour roll for this young race is an impressive list of names: Kolobnev, Cancellara, Lövkvist, Iglinsky, Gilbert, Cancellara, Moser… and now Michal Kwiatkowski. The 23-year-old Polish champion has been a rival of Peter Sagan through the junior ranks and into the under-23 category with the pair trading victories for years before joining the WorldTour peloton. In Tuscany last weekend the pair were again battling one another for a victory: in this round it was Kwiatkowski ahead of Sagan…

The winner and runner-up, along with several other big name riders who contested Strade Bianche – including Roman Kreuziger (5th on Saturday), Fabian Cancellara (6th) and Cadel Evans (7th), will start Tirreno-Adriatico today.

RIDE published a profile on Kwiatkowski in issue #62. We will feature coverage of the races of March and April in our next issue. In the meantime, here is a gallery of shots from the Strade Bianchi by Italian photographer Paolo Cibra.

Click the image of Sagan and Kwiatkowski (below) to begin the slideshow…

 

  • Peter Sagan and Michal Kwiatkowski: inside the final kilometre... Photo: Paolo Cibra

  • Team Cannondale controls the race at sector four of the \\\'white roads\\\' near Vescovado. Photo: Paolo Cibra

  • The peloton on the white road (sector two near Rosia). Photo: Paolo Cibra

  • The sixth section of dirt road: a strong wind blowing across the race. Photo: Paolo Cibra

  • The sixth section of dirt road (near Lucignano d’Asso): Frapporti, Pagani and Canola had a gap of 11 minutes over the peloton. Photo: Paolo Cibra

  • Mechanical problem for Valverde in the sixth section of white roads. The Spaniard would finish third on Saturday in Tuscany and win the Roma Maxima on Sunday... Photo: Paolo Cibra

  • 35 kilometre to go and still three sectors to come of dirt roads... Photo: Paolo Cibra

  • 35km to go: Evans, Bikkazakova, Vicioso, Barguil, Kwiatkowski, Stannard in the front of the race (section eight near Vico d’Arbia). Photo: Paolo Cibra

  • The last kilometre: Barguil, Evans and Poels (at the Porta Fontebranda). Photo: Paolo Cibra

  • The last climb: Valverde, Kreuziger, Cunego and Cancellara (Porta Fontebranda). Photo: Paolo Cibra

 

 

Author: rob@ride

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