This is a race I really want to get over and watch someday. It is Italy’s answer to the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. The Strade Bianche (White Road) is a very new race (only since 2007) but has quickly become a staple in the early classics season here in Europe. The race is nearly 200 km long and has around 70 km of gravel roads (the ‘bianche’ part) that make the day interesting. It also doesn’t hurt that it finishes in the incredible Piazza del Campo in Siena.
Look for a star-studded line-up, too, including Gilbert, Evans, Cancellara, Nibali, Van Summeren, as well as a ton of Italians I’ve never heard of.