Roadside Report: In only its sixth edition, the Strade Bianche has captured the hearts of the PEZ-Crew – and cycling fans everywhere - with it’s ruggedly beautiful corsa in the Tuscan hills around Siena, and the sectors of white dirt roads that lead us back to long forgotten era. Our Ale Federico was there…
Eight sectors of gravel road, dust and hills. That’s the Strade Bianche. A young competition that inspires because it reminds of old times. Siena, Italy: we are in the south of the Tuscany region. Hills and horses, no trees but a wide green land, rich, and really exclusive.
Historic racing bikes, their skinny tires crashing over the hills of Tuscany, guided by wool clad romantics is dangerous entertainment. Naturally, PEZ was there – at this year’s Eroica, getting dusty, then muddy and a bit thoughtful.
White road sector 5. The race has passed and I’m back to the car on the top of Monte Sante Marie. All team cars are rolling out and we are waiting the ‘FINE CORSA’ van that officially closes the race. The team cars with the special blue decals are parked near me and also keeping advantage to get in that queue.
Roadside PEZ: I confess. I couldn’t wait to get there. It was snowing last Friday, on the Adriatic coast. A bad winter afternoon, probably one of the last. Where is the Primavera? It was snowing but I was looking forward to chase one of the most alluring races of the Pro calendar. It’s just four years old but smells of the good old times. Has not past, but finds on the dusty gravel its future. It’s the Strade Bianche or, if you prefer, the Eroica.
Het Nieuwsblad and KBK may have been the races which grabbed all the headlines last weekend, but further south there were some big races taking place - the GP dell'Insubria-Lugano on Saturday, the GP Lugano on Sunday, and the GP Friuli on Wednesday. PEZ friend, former Tour stage winner and yellow jersey holder - not forgetting the fact that he's reigning Swiss Elite TT champion - Rubens Bertogliati rode all three.