|Ryder in Action in 2009 - Cor Vos Photo|
The Montepaschi Strade Bianche will be shown streaming live via CyclingFans tomorrow morning. See link:
Expect to see Victoria's own Ryder Hesjedal do well in this race. He finished 10th in 2009 and 5th in 2010.
The Montepaschi Strade Bianche, formerly known as Monte Paschi Eroica, is a road bicycle race held annually near Siena, in the region of Tuscany, Italy. The race was first organised in 2007 as a 1.1 event on the UCI Europe Tour and was held in October. From 2008 on the event has found a space in early March as part of the European classics season. It is held the week before Tirreno–Adriatico as a warm weather precursor to the cobbled classics of the north. The field is usually made up of riders taking part in Tirreno–Adriatico.The race starts in Gaiole in Chianti and finishes in the famous public space Piazza del Campo in Siena. The route consists of 190 kilometres around the city of Siena, including 70 kilometres of gravel roads, called sterrati in Italy. Parts of the route were originally used in a recreational race, or gran fondo. The organizers of the race, RCS sports, were inspired by the Ronde van Vlaanderen with its bergs, and Paris–Roubaix with its cobblestone sections.