Strade Bianche: Everything you need to know

Key info on the 2024 edition of the one-day race in Tuscany

Date: Sunday March 3, 2023 
Defending champions: Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) and Demi Vollering (SD Worx)

Strade Bianche gained prestige quickly when the men's race began in 2007, attracting some of the world’s best cyclists to the white roads of Tuscany. In 2017, the one-day race was awarded UCI WorldTour status and has now become a must-do Classics race in many of the pro's calendars. 

Strade Bianche translates to “white roads” and this is a defining feature of the race, with one-third of the overall route being gravel. The route is split into sections, with 11 sections being raced on the dirt roads of Tuscany. Testing the rider's bike handling and climbing abilities, the route does not just feature white roads but also steep climbs and winding descents over 184 kilometres. 

Fabian Cancellara is the only rider to hold the record for winning the Strade Bianche three times in a row, winning in 2008, 2012, and 2016. The only other rider who has come close to Cancellara’s record is Polish rider Michal Kwiatkowski who has won the race twice in 2014 and 2017. Other champions include Philippe Gilbert, Zdeněk Štybar, Tiesj Benoot, Julian Alaphilippe, Wout van Aert, Mathieu van der Poel, Tadej Pogačar and most recently, Tom Pidcock.

Riders who have won the race three times have the honour of having a section of gravel named after them. As Cancellara is the only rider in the history of the race to achieve this feat, section eight, an 11.5km long section in Monte Sante Marie, is named after him.

Image: James Startt

Strade Bianche men’s teams: 

Up-to-date as of January 4, 2024

  • Astana Qazaqstan
  • Arkéa-B&B Hotels
  • Bora-Hansgrohe
  • Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team
  • Ineos Grenadiers
  • Groupama-FDJ
  • EF Education-EasyPost
  • Team dsm-firmenich PostNL 
  • Lidl-Trek
  • Soudal–Quick-step
  • Lotto Dstny 
  • UAE Team Emirates
  • Team Jayco Alula 
  • Alpecin-Deceuninck 
  • Uno-X Mobility 
  • Cofidis
  • Intermarché-Wanty
  • Movistar
  • Team Visma | Lease a Bike

    Strade Bianche Donne: 

    Following the success of the men’s race, the women's peloton first raced the Strade Bianche Donne in 2015, on the same day as the men. Since then, it has become one of the Women’s WorldTour must-do races, and having this Classics title in your palmarès is a monumental achievement, meaning it attracts a stellar line-up of female cyclists to the start line. 

    While it is shorter in distance than the men’s race at 136km, the race is no easier and still contains eight or nine sections of gravel, and six climbs, including the 16% climb to the finish line along Via Santa Caterina. 

    British rider Lizzie Deignan won the inaugural Strade Bianche Donne in 2016 while wearing the rainbow stripes as the women's world champion. The following year Elisa Longo Borghini won the race, becoming the first ever Italian to win the Strade Bianche in both the men’s and women’s races. Adding themselves onto the winning list since then has been Anna van der Breggen, Annemiek van Vleuten, Chantel van den Broek-Blaak, Lotte Kopecky, and last year, Demi Vollering. 

    The now-retired Movistar rider Van Vleuten is the only rider to win the race twice in 2019 and in 2020. However, both Longo Borghini, Deignan, Kopecky and Vollering are all capable of levelling themselves with Van Vleuten, and will most likely be looking to make this statement at this one-day Italian Classic.

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    Strade Bianche Donne teams: 

    Up-to-date as of January 4, 2024

    • Lidl-Trek
    • Movistar
    • Fenix-Deceuninck 
    • SD Worx
    • UAE Team ADQ
    • Uno-X Mobility 
    • Team Visma | Lease a Bike
    • Team dsm-firmenich PostNL
    • Roland
    • Liv Alula Jayco
    • Human Powered Health
    • FDJ-Suez
    • Canyon//SRAM Racing

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