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Postcards from Italy: Strade Bianche

Between strenght and courage, in one of the most beautiful area of the most beautiful country in the world, Strade Bianche is a joy, theater of cycling.

From San Gimignano to Siena, Strade Bianche is a race that all the world would like to have, a tour in the Tuscany on dusty gravel roads, that puts under pressure mind, body and bike, because having technical problems on the machanics of the bike or to flat a tyre is extremely easy.

Zdenek Stybar the winner: “until the last kilometer Valverde could attack, but in the end Van Avermaet did it. Arriving in Siena, in Il Campo square will be a memorable moment.”

Greg Van Avermaet, second place: “I thought that Valverde, would be the ideal winner for the race, so I attacked him but Stybar surprised me, overtaking me and going to victory.”

Alejandro Valverde, third like one year ago: “The race is very hard, and this year we had a lot of wind that complicated the things”

Diego Rosa, fifth place: “I was riding for my captain Nibali and when I realized that he was not in the front I tried to save energies for the final, but I could not do better”

Fabian Cancellara, 17th place: “I knew it was a hard race, but I didn’t calculate this wind. Sometimes it was hard to remain on the bike. I had three flat tyres, so my concentration and energies were over for the final rush”

Photos: Gruber Images


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