This week Lee Rodgers runs his eye over the week-end happenings on and off the road. First the action on the 'White Roads' that lead Lee onto the black road of the CIRC report and the dark cloud hanging over the heads of two of Saturday's podium in Siena.
The Strade Bianche Women Elite, organised by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport, will be held on Saturday 7 March and will start just few hours before the men’s race.
Pro Analysis: The man with a difficult name to spell and an even more unusual nickname, Michael 'The Flowerman' Kwiatkowski dominated Saturday's 2014 Strade Bianche making pre-race favorites Peter Sagan and Fabian Cancellara mere also rans. Can he continue in even bigger races? Lee Rodgers analyzes the young man from Poland's performances and what could lay ahead for The Flowerman.
Michal Kwiatkowski first and Peter Sagan second.
Mar 10, 2014 - Another overfull EuroTrash Monday with all the cycling news from: Strade Bianche, Roma Maxima, Paris-Nice, Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, GP Camaiore and the final of the Tour de Langkawi. Our hopes are with the GP Indurain and we have team news from Tirreno-Adriatico and some rider news. Lots of video to get you through the day, along with that coffee of course.
Race Report: Polish flyer Michal Kwiatkowski put Sagan to the sword with a fearsome burst of power inside the closing half-kilometer of pro cycling's gravel road classic - the 2014 Strade Bianche.
Sectors of gravel road, dust and hills define the Strade Bianche, but it's so much more. The rolling green hills of Tuscany, the ancient towns of Gaiole and Siena, the passion of the tifosi ooze atmosphere and excitement. Ahead of Saturday's race let's take a look at some of our favorite images from years past.
COURSE PREVIEW: The 2014 Strade Bianche race on the famous gravel roads of Tuscany features some new sectors of Chianti's answer to the Belgian cobbles. PEZ joined ex-pro Diego Caccia to ride the new gravel sections, take in the Tuscan countryside, and log a perfect day away from work.
A new vintage clothing range has been released by Bianchi to celebrate “L’Eroica”, the non-competitive ride on Tuscany’s ”Strade Bianche” promoted by the homonym Italian foundation, linked with Bianchi since 2013 by a three-year sponsorship agreement.
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…
In early October, PEZ’s own literary specialist Les Reissner joined some 3000 others riders for an epic day pedaling the ribbons of strade bianche across the hills of Toscana in the ride known simply as “l’Eroica” – a true ride back in time. Here’s how he spent 10 hours and 27 minutes from start to finish.
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.
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.