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2017 Strade Bianche

2017 Strade Bianche
2017 UCI World Tour, race 5 of 37
Race details
Dates4 March 2017
Stages1
Distance175 km (108.7 mi)
Winning time4h 42' 42"[1]
Results
  Winner  Michał Kwiatkowski (POL) (Team Sky)
  Second  Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) (BMC Racing Team)
  Third  Tim Wellens (BEL) (Lotto–Soudal)
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The 2017 Strade Bianche was a road cycling one-day race that took place on 4 March. It was the eleventh edition of the Strade Bianche and was the fifth event of the 2017 UCI World Tour. It was the first time that the race was included in the UCI World Tour calendar.[2][3]

Poland's Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) became the second rider, after Fabian Cancellara, to win multiple editions of the race, after attacking from a group of four race favourites with around 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) remaining and was able to solo away to the race victory.[4] Second place was taken by Greg Van Avermaet for the BMC Racing Team fifteen seconds in arrears,[5] while a further two seconds back in third place, Lotto–Soudal's Tim Wellens completed the podium.[6]

Teams

As a new event to the UCI World Tour, all UCI WorldTeams were invited to the race, but not obligated to compete in the race. However, all eighteen UCI WorldTeams elected to compete in the race,[7] the first such occurrence in relation to the new-for-2017 races. Three UCI Professional Continental teams competed, completing the 21-team peloton.[8]

UCI WorldTeams

UCI Professional Continental teams

Route

The 2017 route included 11 sectors of strade bianche, for a total of 61.9 kilometres (38.5 miles).

The race started and finished in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Siena, for the second successive year, prior to which the race started in San Gimignano. The distance was 175 kilometres (109 miles), run entirely within the southern Tuscan province of Siena. The Strade Bianche is particularly renowned for its sectors of strade bianche (English: white roads) or sterrati (English: dirt), which comprise large sections of the route.

The course ran over the hilly terrain of the Chianti region and included eleven sectors and a total of 61.9 kilometres (38.5 miles) – up from nine sectors and a total of 52.8 kilometres (32.8 miles) in 2016 – of dirt road.[9] The two returning sectors come within the first 30 kilometres (19 miles), at Bagnaia and Radi. The first sector was addressed just 11.4 kilometres (7.1 miles) after the start; the longest and most arduous sectors were the ones in Lucignano d'Asso, 11.9 kilometres (7.4 miles) in length, and the 11.5 kilometres (7.1 miles)-long Monte Sante Marie.

The latter section was renamed in honour of Fabian Cancellara, following his third win in the race in 2016.[10] The last stretch of gravel road came 13.3 kilometres (8.3 miles) from the finish in Siena. The race finished on Siena's illustrious Piazza del Campo, after a narrow ascent on the roughly-paved Via Santa Caterina in the heart of the medieval city, with steep stretches of up to 16% in gradient.

Sectors of strade bianche
No. Name Distance from Length
(km)
Category
Start
(km)
Finish
(km)
1 Vidritta 11.4 163.6 2.1 *
2 Bagnaia 17.0 158.0 4.7 * * * *
3 Radi 27.8 147.2 4.4 * *
4 Commune di Murlo 38.5 136.5 5.5 *
5 Lucignano d'Asso 66.8 108.2 11.9 * * *
6 Pieve a Salti 79.7 95.3 8.0 * * * *
7 San Martino in Grania 107.9 67.1 9.5 * * *
8 Monte Sante Marie
Settore Cancellara[9]
121.0 54.0 11.5 * * * * *
9 Monteaperti 150.7 24.3 0.8 *
10 Colle Pinzuto 155.6 19.4 2.4 * * * *
11 Le Tolfe 161.7 13.3 1.1 * * *

Result

Result[1]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Michał Kwiatkowski (POL) Team Sky 4h 42' 42"
2  Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) BMC Racing Team + 15"
3  Tim Wellens (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 17"
4  Zdeněk Štybar (CZE) Quick-Step Floors + 23"
5  Tom Dumoulin (NED) Team Sunweb + 1' 26"
6  Luke Durbridge (AUS) Orica–Scott + 1' 26"
7  Christopher Juul-Jensen (DEN) Orica–Scott + 1' 29"
8  Tiesj Benoot (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 2' 20"
9  Thibaut Pinot (FRA) FDJ + 2' 23"
10  Scott Thwaites (GBR) Team Dimension Data + 2' 52"

References

  1. ^ a b "Ordine d'arrivo / Ordre d'arrivée / Order of arrival" (PDF). Strade Bianche. RCS MediaGroup. 4 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  2. ^ "UCI expands WorldTour to 37 events". Cycling News. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  3. ^ "The UCI reveals expanded UCI WorldTour calendar for 2017". UCI. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Kwiatkowski gives Sky Strade Bianche tonic". VeloNews. Agence France-Presse. 4 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  5. ^ Ryan, Barry (4 March 2017). "Kwiatkowski solos to Strade Bianche victory". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  6. ^ Windsor, Richard (4 March 2017). "Michal Kwiatkowski takes sensational victory at Strade Bianche 2017". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Strade Bianche 2017 start list". Cycling Weekly. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Here teams invited to Strade Bianche". Strade Bianche. RCS MediaGroup. 18 January 2017. Archived from the original on 1 March 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  9. ^ a b "More dirt road sectors for Strade Bianche in 2017". Cyclingnews.com. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  10. ^ Farrand, Stephen (5 March 2016). "Cancellara: I could easily ride for more years but that's not what I want". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 28 February 2017. A third victory at Strade Bianche gave Cancellara a place in history and race organiser RCS Sport confirmed that the sixth sector of the race – the 11.5 km sector at Monte Sante Marie, will now be named the Fabian Cancellara sector.
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