What makes a classic? Heritage? Cobbles? Adverse weather? One day to write your name into the history books? For us, a Classic is a combination of all of these factors − and more. Irrespective of its age, the Strade Bianche race is certainly worthy of being dubbed a ‘classic’. Having now entered the UCI WorldTour, it has just elevated its status and cemented its role as one of our favourite races of the season.
175km in length, with 62km of Tuscan white roads and constant rolling hills that give it 2100 metres of climbing, this is something of a unique race within the WorldTour Calendar where the strong riders of the cobbled classics go toe-to-toe with the lightweight climbers of the Ardennes classics.
A marker of early season form occurring only four weeks out from Flanders and Roubaix, this race has cemented its presence within the world of cycling, and we’ve fallen in love with it.
We sent two of our lead photographers down to Siena to follow our partners over at the BMC Racing Team during the race, and we certainly feel that they’ve captured the essence of this Tuscan race.