Strade Bianche took to the gravel roads around Siena, Italy, with Wout Van Aert proving to be the strongest-willed at the end of the race. The Jumbo Visma rider took the win at the first WorldTour cycling race since the corona shutdown. Italy’s Davide Formolo of UAE Emirates was seconds behind with Germany’s Maximilian Schachmann, a a few seconds further adrift in third, after nearly five hours in the saddle with temperatures hitting a high of 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
The gravel roads of Strade Bianche joined the WorldTour Circuit in 2017 after the race gained notoriety in the editions following its inception in 2007.
The lead group including Wout Van Aert (BEL – Team Jumbo – Visma), Max Schachmann (GER – Bora – Hansgrohe), Alberto Bettiol (ITA – EF Pro Cycling), Jakob Fuglsang (DEN – Astana Pro Team),Davide Formolo, Greg Van Avermaet (BEL – CCC Team) took to the gravel with a majority of the bikes sporting disc brakes.
The 6-man group held strong until Van Aert made a decisive move with 13km to go.
Wout Van Aert (BEL – Team Jumbo – Visma) held off the chase group with a 20 second gap as he crested the final climb in Siena.
Wout Van Aert (BEL – Team Jumbo – Visma) taking his first win since exiting the 2019 Tour de Frnace after a horrific crash.
Davide Formolo (ITA – UAE – Team Emirates) and Max Schachmann (GER – Bora – Hansgrohe) chased Van Aert through the final kilometers.
Davide Formolo (ITA – UAE – Team Emirates) represented Italy well with a second place finish.
A well-earned champagne shower to wash off the gravel.
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