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2017 Strade Bianche-Eroica Toscana (1.1), Italy

12th edition: Saturday, March 4, 2017

Montepaschi Strade Bianche historical results | 2016 edition | Course description | Course map and profile | Race photos | Start list

Siena - Siena, 175 km
11 sections of white roads, totalling 61.9 km

Michal Kwiatkowski

Michal Kwiatkowski wins 2017 Strade Bianche. Sirotti photo

The race: Here's the story from winner Kwiatkowski's Sky team.

The team’s fifth victory of 2017 is the 250th in its illustrious history and it was sealed in magical style, as Kwiatkowski dominated in Italy, proving that he’s back to his very best.

The 26 year old - who also won the race in 2014 - looked strong from the start and chose the perfect moment to attack on a gruelling wet day in Tuscany, pushing clear of his rivals with 14 kilometres to go.

It looked to be a brave move at the time but it paid dividends, as the Pole quickly forged a significant 30-second gap that never closed.

Greg van Avermaet (BMC) and Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) battled hard behind but couldn’t get close to Kwiatkowski, and the pair had to settle with second and third respectively in Siena’s famous Piazza del Campo after a spectacular 175km.

2017 has started strongly for ‘Kwiato’ with a fine ride to second overall at the Volta ao Algarve and now a win at Strade Bianche, but 2016 was tough for the 26 year old and he was quick to thank the team for the trust placed in him after his epic ride.

He said: “I was thinking about last year when I crossed the line, and I feel so satisfied. The team has put big trust in to me and all the hard work I’ve done in preparation for this season has paid off. It’s the second victory at Strade Bianche in my career - it’s just amazing. Coming into the final stages alone was an incredible feeling.”

Explaining his bold attack, Kwiatkowski added: “We started to play a game after the Sante Marie section. I didn’t feel so good there, but the cooperation wasn’t so strong among the group, so I thought the best thing was to go at my own pace.

“I didn’t think they’d cooperate well behind me and I could choose my own pace, my own tempo, and go to the finish. I’m so happy that it worked out. The team has put big trust in to me and all the hard work I’ve done in preparation for this season has paid off."

Team Sky Sport Director Dario Cioni explained that bad luck prevented Diego Rosa and Gianni Moscon from helping Kwiatkowski in the latter stages. He said: “The race was split open with 100km to go. There was a big attack from the Lotto Soudal guys and Kwiato entered that group.

“But there was also a crash that cut out a couple of our guys. Diego had to change his bike and we had a lot of guys in the group that was then 30 seconds down, but there was another crash and Gianni went down, so that was the main reason the guys were behind.

“It’s a race where you need to be lucky… but we won the race, so we can’t complain!”

Commenting on it being the team’s 250th win, Cioni added: “It’s nice to add Strade Bianche to the team’s palmares. It’s a race we hadn’t won before and it’s regarded as one of the coolest races out there. It makes reaching the landmark even more special.”

The race had been blown apart on the sixth gravelled sector of road, when a group of 15 riders broke clear of the peloton. Kwiatkowski made the cut, as the peloton fractured behind.

World champion Peter Sagan also made the select group, but abandoned soon after due to illness, and the group began to slim down. The three minute gap to the day’s break quickly began to whittle down, and the forecast rain began to fall.

As the kilometres slipped by Kwiatkowski +looked stronger and stronger, covering off attacks and continually pushing the pace, splitting the group on more than one occasion as they caught and then passed the lead group.

The famous white roads didn’t phase the Pole as he pushed on, and took a win that will live long in the memory.

Complete Results:

Photos

167 starters, 89 classified finishers, 78 abandons.

175 kilometers raced at an average speed of 37.141 km/hr

1 Michal KWIATKOWSKI Sky 4hr 42min 42sec
2 Greg VAN AVERMAET BMC @ 15sec
3 Tim WELLENS Lotto Soudal @ 17sec
4 Zdenek ŠTYBAR Quick-Step @ 23sec
5 Tom DUMOULIN Sunweb @ 1min 26sec
6 Luke DURBRIDGE Orica-Scott s.t.
7 Christopher JUUL JENSEN Orica-Scott +1:29
8 Tiesj BENOOT Lotto Soudal +2:20
9 Thibaut PINOT FDJ +2:23
10 Scott THWAITES Dimension Data +2:52
11 José GONÇALVES Katusha Alpecin +3:10
12 Quentin JAUREGUI Ag2r La Mondiale +4:05
13 Fabio FELLINE Trek-Segafredo s.t.
14 Luis León SANCHEZ Astana +4:41
15 Stefan KÜNG BMC +5:31
16 Vegard Stake LAENGEN UAE Abu Dhabi +5:41
17 Gianni MOSCON Sky +5:55
18 Ondrej CINK Bahrain-Merida +6:22
19 Edvald BOASSON HAGEN Dimension Data +8:15
20 Truls KORSÆTH Astana s.t.
21 Matteo TRENTIN Quick-Step +8:41
22 Oscar GATTO Astana +10:13
23 Jan BAKELANTS Ag2r La Mondiale +10:15
24 Floris DE TIER Lotto NL-Jumbo +10:16
25 Giovanni VISCONTI Bahrain-Merida +10:20
26 Brent BOOKWALTER BMC s.t.
27 Petr VAKOC Quick-Step s.t.
28 Sébastien REICHENBACH FDJ +10:21
29 Andrey AMADOR Movistar +10:24
30 ANDREY GRIVKO Astana +10:29
31 Nathan HAAS Dimension Data s.t.
32 Fabio ARU Astana +10:30
33 Salvatore PUCCIO Sky s.t.
34 Julien VERMOTE Quick-Step s.t.
35 Primož ROGLIC Lotto NL-Jumbo +10:36
36 MICHAEL VALGREN ANDERSEN Astana +10:41
37 Tao GEOGHEGAN HART Sky s.t.
38 Moreno MOSER Astana +10:44
39 Nils POLITT Katusha Alpecin +10:49
40 Jasper STUYVEN Trek-Segafredo +10:51
41 Iuri FILOSI Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
42 Hugo HOULE Ag2r La Mondiale +13:37
43 Damiano CARUSO BMC s.t.
44 Vincenzo NIBALI Bahrain-Merida +13:38
45 Maxime MONFORT Lotto Soudal s.t.
46 Tomasz MARCZYNSKI Lotto Soudal s.t.
47 Marco MARCATO UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
48 Mike TEUNISSEN Sunweb s.t.
49 Georg PREIDLER Sunweb s.t.
50 Matteo MONTAGUTI Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
51 Nans PETERS Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
52 Enrico BATTAGLIN Lotto NL-Jumbo s.t.
53 Marcus BURGHARDT Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
54 Tiago MACHADO Katusha Alpecin +13:45
55 Marco CANOLA Nippo-Vini Fantini +13:46
56 Christoph PFINGSTEN Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
57 Simon CLARKE Cannondale Drapac s.t.
58 Richard Antonio CARAPAZ Movistar s.t.
59 Michal GOLAS Sky +13:49
60 Gregor MÜHLBERGER Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
61 Jack HAIG Orica-Scott s.t.
62 Matthieu LADAGNOUS FDJ +13:51
63 Antwan TOLHOEK Lotto NL-Jumbo +13:54
64 Rigoberto URAN URAN Cannondale Drapac s.t.
65 Mattia FRAPPORTI Androni Giocattoli +13:56
66 Daniel OSS BMC +14:01
67 Jérémy ROY FDJ +14:08
68 Sam BEWLEY Orica-Scott +14:23
69 Simone ANDREETTA Bardiani-CSF +14:38
70 Manuel QUINZIATO BMC +18:54
71 Jay MCCARTHY Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
72 Fausto MASNADA Androni Giocattoli +18:55
73 Alex HOWES Cannondale Drapac s.t.
74 Ivan GARCIA CORTINA Bahrain-Merida s.t.
75 Toms SKUJINS Cannondale Drapac s.t.
76 Chad HAGA Sunweb s.t.
77 Paul MARTENS Lotto NL-Jumbo +19:00
78 Simone VELASCO Bardiani-CSF +22:38
79 Kiel REIJNEN Trek-Segafredo +22:52
80 Matej MOHORIC UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
81 David PER Bahrain-Merida s.t.
82 Ivan SANTAROMITA Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
83 Diego ROSA Sky s.t.
84 Cesare BENEDETTI Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
85 Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU Trek-Segafredo s.t.
86 Jorge ARCAS PEÑA Movistar s.t.
87 Ángel VICIOSO ARCOS Katusha Alpecin s.t.
88 Maxim BELKOV Katusha Alpecin s.t.
89 Raffaello BONUSI Androni Giocattoli s.t.

Course map and profile:

2017 Strade Bianche

Race map

Strade bianche profile

Course profile

Here's the organizer's course description:

A twisty and undulating course, with no long climbs but with punchy hills, most significantly on the unpaved parts. There are roughly 62km of gravel roads, appearing in 11 sectors (eight of those shared with the Women Elite course). Starting from Siena (Stadium/Medicean Fortress area), the first undulating kilometres are on tarmac before reaching the 2.1km gravel Sector 1 at km 11, which is perfectly straight and always slightly uphill. After few kilometres the riders will face Sector 2 (4.7km), the course’s first real challenge with a short descent and a long climb with parts at over 10%. The course will then go through Radi, where Sector 3 starts (4.4km, second part of the original Sector 1 of the first editions) and immediately after Sector 4, one of its classic gravel sectors (5.5km, featured in the course since its first edition) with no significant gradient and leading to Buonconvento.

After few kilometres the second climb of the day starts: the Montalcino (4km at 5%). After Torrenieri the riders will face Sectors 5 (11.9km) and 6 (8km) with only 1km of tarmac in between them. Both are hard, hilly, very punchy and with many bends, climbs and descents. After the second passage through Buonconvento the feed station will be positioned in the area of Ponte d’Arbia. Soon the route reaches Monteroni d’Arbia, which marks the beginning of Sector 7 of San Martino in Grania (9.5km) in the middle of the Crete Senesi. It's a long sector with continuous up and downs in the first part, ending up with a twisting climb before meeting the tarmac again. In Ponte del Garbo (Asciano) gravel Sector 8 begins. At 11.5km it's the hardest of the race, mostly uphill and characterised by tough hills, the most important being those close to Monte Sante Marie, which face steep gradients on both climbs and descents over short distances.

After Castelnuovo Berardenga there's a very short, flat section of gravel (300m), before facing, after Monteaperti, Sector 9 which is only 800m long, but with a double digit gradient ramp before rejoining the tarmac in Vico d’Arbia and going to paved road through Pieve a Bozzone. Next comes the penultimate sector (Sector 10, 2.4km) on the climb toward Colle Pinzuto (with gradients up to 15%). After a few kilometres the riders will face the last sector (Sector 11, 1.1km) which features a sequence of a demanding descent followed by a very punchy climb (max 18%) that ends up at the Tolfe. From here only 12km separate the riders from the finish in Piazza del Campo, Siena.

Final Kilometres:

The demanding final kilometres, with gradients up to 16%, approach the city of Siena along broad, straight sections of road, connected by sweeping curves, first descending, and then climbing slightly. 2km from the finish line, the route joins Via Esterna di Fontebranda, where the gradient touches 9%. 900m from the finish line, the race route passes beneath Fontebranda Gate where the road surface becomes paving slabs. The gradient exceeds 10% until 500m from the finish line, reaching its highpoint of 16% in Via Santa Caterina.

A sharp right hand turn leads to Via delle Terme, and then Via Banchi di Sotto. With 300m to go, the road continues to climb slightly then, 150m from the line, a right turn leads into Via Rinaldini. The route enters the Piazza del Campo just 70m from the finish line. The final 30m descends at a gradient of 7% and the finish line itself is flat. 


2017 Strade Bianche photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Team BMC

Team BMC is presented before the race start

Panorama

The peloton is strung out

Panorama

It was a wet, grey day in Tuscany

Panorama

A few riders attack

Mattia Frabpporti

Mattia Frapporti tries his luck

Tom Dumoulin

Tom Dumoulin hammering away on Monte Sante Marie

Michal kwiatkowski

Michal Kwiatkowski wins his second Strade Bianche

Greg van Avermaet

Greg van Avermaet finishes second with Tim Wellens just behind him for third.


Start list with back numbers, March 3, 2017:

ALM AG2R LA MONDIALE
1 BAKELANTS Jan
2 CHEVRIER Clement
3 DUPONT Hubert
4 GENIEZ Alexandre
5 HOULE Hugo
6 JAUREGUI Quentin
7 MONTAGUTI Matteo
8 PETERS Nans
D.S. KASPUTIS Arturas
ANS ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI
11 BENFATTO Marco
12 BONUSI Raffaello
13 FRAPPORTI Mattia
14 MASNADA Fausto
15 PACIONI Luca
16 PALINI Andrea
17 SPREAFICO Matteo
18 VENDRAME Andrea
D.S. SAVIO Gianni
AST ASTANA PRO TEAM
21 ARU Fabio
22 CHERNETSKI Sergei
23 GATTO Oscar
24 GRIVKO Andrey
25 GRUZDEV Dmitriy
26 KOZHATAYEV Bakhtiyar
27 MOSER Moreno
28 STALNOV Nikita
D.S. SHEFER Alexandr
TBM BAHRAIN - MERIDA
31 NIBALI Vincenzo
32 BOARO Manuele
33 CINK Ondrej
34 GARCIA CORTINA Ivan
35 NOVAK Domen
36 PER David
37 SIUTSOU Kanstantsin
38 VISCONTI Giovanni
D.S. VOLPI Alberto
BRD BARDIANI CSF
41 BOEM Nicola
42 ANDREETTA Simone
43 MAESTRI Mirco
44 PACINOTTI Niccolo'
45 PIRAZZI Stefano
46 TONELLI Alessandro
47 VELASCO Simone
48 WACKERMANN Luca
D.S. REVERBERI Roberto
BMC BMC RACING TEAM
51 VAN AVERMAET Greg
52 BOOKWALTER Brent
53 CARUSO Damiano
54 DRUCKER Jean-Pierre
55 HERMANS Ben
56 KÜNG Stefan
57 OSS Daniel
58 QUINZIATO Manuel
D.S. SCIANDRI Maximilian
BOH BORA - HANSGROHE
61 SAGAN Peter
62 BENEDETTI Cesare
63 BODNAR Maciej
64 BURGHARDT Marcus
65 MCCARTHY Jay
66 MÜHLBERGER Gregor
67 PFINGSTEN Christoph
68 POLJANSKI Pawel
D.S. POITSCHKE Enrico
CDT CANNONDALE-DRAPAC
71 URAN Rigoberto
72 BETTIOL Alberto
73 CLARKE Simon
74 HOWES Alex
75 KOREN Kristijan
76 LANGEVELD Sebastian
77 SKUJINS Toms
78 VANMARCKE Sep
D.S. GUIDI Fabrizio
FDJ FDJ
81 PINOT Thibaut
82 BONNET William
83 LE BON Johan
84 LUDVIGSSON Tobias
85 MORABITO Steve
86 REICHENBACH Sébastien
87 ROUX Anthony
88 ROY Jérémy
D.S. MADIOT Yvon
LTS LOTTO SOUDAL
91 BENOOT Tiesj
92 DE BIE Sean
93 DE CLERCQ Bart
94 MAES Nikolas
95 MARCZYNSKI Tomasz
96 MONFORT Maxime
97 ROELANDTS Jurgen
98 WELLENS Tim
D.S. AERTS Mario
MOV MOVISTAR TEAM
101 AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA Andrey
102 BENNATI Daniele
103 BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos A.
104 BICO Nuno Miguel
105 CARAPAZ MONTENEGRO Richard
106 CARRETERO MILLAN Héctor
107 DOWSETT Alex
108 OLIVEIRA Nelson
D.S. GARCIA Jose Vicente
NIP NIPPO - VINI FANTINI
111 BAGIOLI Nicola
112 CANOLA Marco
113 FILOSI Iuri
114 GROSU Eduard Michael
115 KOISHI Yuma
116 MARANGONI Alan
117 SANTAROMITA Ivan
118 UCHIMA Kohei
D.S. MANZONI Mario
ORS ORICA - SCOTT
121 KREUZIGER Roman
122 BEWLEY Sam
123 DURBRIDGE Luke
124 EDMONDSON Alexander
125 HAIG Jack
126 JUUL JENSEN Christopher
127 KEUKELEIRE Jens
128 TUFT Svein
D.S. STEPHENS Neil
QST QUICK-STEP FLOORS
131 STYBAR Zdenek
132 BRAMBILLA Gianluca
133 JUNGELS Bob
134 MARTINELLI Davide
135 RICHEZE Maximiliano Ariel
136 TRENTIN Matteo
137 VAKOC Petr
138 VERMOTE Julien
D.S. BRAMATI Davide
DDD TEAM DIMENSION DATA
141 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
142 ANTON HERNANDEZ Igor
143 DEBESAY Mekseb
144 EISEL Bernhard
145 TEKLEHAIMANOT Daniel
146 THOMSON Jay Robert
147 THWAITES Scott
148 VAN ZYL Johann
D.S. HAMMOND Roger
KAT TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN
151 BELKOV Maxim
152 GONÇALVES José
153 MACHADO Tiago
154 MATHIS Marco
155 POLITT Nils
156 RESTREPO VALENCIA Jhonatan
157 SCHMIDT Mads Würtz
158 VICIOSO ARCOS Angel
D.S. COZZI Claudio
TLJ TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO
161 BATTAGLIN Enrico
162 LINDEMAN Bert-Jan
163 LOBATO DEL VALLE Juan Jose
164 MARTENS Paul
165 ROGLIC Primoz
166 DE TIER Floris
167 TOLHOEK Antwan
168 VERMEULEN Alexey
D.S. BOVEN Jan
SKY TEAM SKY
171 ROSA Diego
172 BOSWELL Ian
173 GEOGHEGAN HART Tao
174 GOLAS Michal
175 KWIATKOWSKI Michal
176 MOSCON Gianni
177 PUCCIO Salvatore
178 THOMAS Geraint
D.S. CIONI Dario
SUN TEAM SUNWEB
181 DUMOULIN Tom
182 HAGA Chad
183 KELDERMAN Wilco
184 PREIDLER Georg
185 SINKELDAM Ramon
186 TEN DAM Laurens
187 TEUNISSEN Mike
188 TIMMER Albert
D.S. REEF Marc
TFS TREK - SEGAFREDO
191 ALAFACI Eugenio
192 BRÄNDLE Matthias
193 COLEDAN Marco
194 FELLINE Fabio
195 IRIZAR ARANBURU Markel
196 PEDERSEN Mads
197 REIJNEN Kiel
198 STUYVEN Jasper
D.S. BAFFI Adriano
UAD UAE ABU DHABI
201 FARIA DA COSTA Rui Alberto
202 DURASEK Kristijan
203 LAENGEN Vegard Stake
204 MARCATO Marco
205 MODOLO Sacha
206 MOHORIC Matej
207 NIEMIEC Przemyslaw
208 TROIA Oliviero
D.S. MAINI Orlando