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2019 Strade Bianche-Eroica Toscana (1.1), Italy

13th edition: Saturday, March 9, 2019

Montepaschi Strade Bianche historical results | Men's Race | Women's Race | 2018 edition | Course maps & profiles | Start list | Organizer's race preview

Men's race: Siena - Siena, 184 km
11 sections of white roads, totalling 63 km

Photos

Julian Alaphilippe

Julian Alaphilippe gets a clear win in Siena.

Weather at the start/finish city of Siena at 1:20 PM, local time: 17C (62F), partly cloudy, with the wind from the west at 18 km/hr (11mph). No rain is forecast

The race: 147 riders began the race at 10:40. 147 starters, 83 riders finished within the time limit.

Here's the race summary from winner Julian Alaphilippe's Deceuninck-Quick Step team.

One of the most thrilling and spectacular one-day races of the year, Strade Bianche has a new winner in the name of Julian Alaphilippe, who resumed competition after a high-altitude training camp in Colombia and picked up where he left off, surging to his fourth victory of what’s shaping up to be an outstanding campaign for the 26-year-old, now in his sixth season with Deceuninck – Quick-Step.

“My start to the season was already good, with three wins in South America, but to win here is incredible! My team did a great job and having Yves and Zdenek together with me in the final was perfect for us. I had a good day and strong legs, but was also lucky not to have any crashes or punctures. Strade Bianche was my first big goal of the year, and to win here, at my very first presence, is truly amazing”, said Alaphilippe after becoming the first Frenchman to conquer the Italian World Tour race.

Strade Bianche played totally to our team’s strength, which had again the numbers inside the last 50 kilometers, when Julian Alaphilippe, Belgian Champion Yves Lampaert and Omloop Het Nieuwsblad victor Zdenek Stybar made the cut over the Martino in Grania dirt road sector, part of a 16-man group. Strangely, it was on Monteaparti, at 800 meters, the shortest gravel segment in the race, that the winning move took shape, when Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) accelerated, being joined only by Julian and Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma).

The trio traded turns until the steep Colle Pinzuto, where the Belgian was dropped, leaving at the front only Alaphilippe and Fuglsang, who traded turns and worked well together, opening a one-minute gap over the main chasing group, where Lampaert and Stybar continued to do a magnificent job in chasing down attacks. Just before Via Esterna di Fontebranda, on the outskirts of Siena, Van Aert bridged to the leading duo, but only for a brief moment.

On Via Santa Caterina, the Dane tried to put Julian on the ropes, but Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s pocket-rocket climber responded with ease, before getting out of the saddle and putting in an explosive attack on the 16% gradients, coming round and dispatching his opponent, thus ensuring he would go first into the final corners of the race.

Alaphilippe took his small gap onto the downhill finishing stretch in the stunning Piazza del Campo, where he celebrated his fourth victory of the season and delivering another perfect day for Deceuninck – Quick-Step, who placed three more riders in the top 15 – Zdenek Stybar (4th), Yves Lampaert (11th) and Pieter Serry (13th) – maintaining a tight grip on the World Team Classification.

“In every race, others are looking at us to take the responsibility, and that’s what we did today. We were with three riders in the main selection, controlled every move and did a really smart race in all the key moments. When Fuglsang went, I knew that might be the winning move. He was very strong today, but I made no mistakes and remained confident, although it wasn’t until the final corner that I believed I could win this race, in my opinion, one of the toughest of the calendar. It’s a wonderful victory, one which makes me extremely happy and boosts my confidence ahead of Tirreno-Adriatico”, concluded Julian after netting Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s third win at Strade Bianche.

Complete Results:

Photos

184 kilometers raced at an average speed of 38.435 km/hr

1 ALAPHILIPPE Julian Deceuninck-Quick Step 4hr 47min 14sec
2 FUGLSANG Jakob Astana @ 2sec
3 VAN AERT Wout Jumbo-Visma 0:27
4 ŠTYBAR Zdeněk Deceuninck-Quick Step 1:00
5 BENOOT Tiesj Lotto-Soudal s.t.
6 VAN AVERMAET Greg CCC Team 1:01
7 LUTSENKO Alexey Astana 1:04
8 CLARKE Simon EF Education First 1:08
9 SKUJIŅŠ Toms Trek-Segafredo 1:12
10 WELLENS Tim Lotto-Soudal 1:21
11 LAMPAERT Yves Deceuninck-Quick Step 1:28
12 THOMAS Geraint Sky 2:41
13 SERRY Pieter Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
14 DILLIER Silvan Ag2r La Mondiale 2:42
15 KÜNG Stefan Groupama-FDJ 2:44
16 CANOLA Marco Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
17 OOMEN Sam Team Sunweb s.t.
18 DURBRIDGE Luke Mitchelton-Scott 2:47
19 JUUL-JENSEN Christopher Mitchelton-Scott 2:48
20 KREUZIGER Roman Dimension Data s.t.
21 BOOKWALTER Brent Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
22 GUERREIRO Ruben Katusha-Alpecin 2:56
23 BALLERINI Davide Astana 2:57
24 ROSA Diego Sky 3:00
25 OLIVEIRA Nelson Movistar 3:06
26 KUZNETSOV Vyacheslav Katusha-Alpecin 3:09
27 SEIGLE Romain Groupama-FDJ 3:17
28 PUCCIO Salvatore Sky 6:54
29 SCHACHMANN Maximilian Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
30 POGAČAR Tadej UAE-Team Emirates 8:04
31 NIBALI Vincenzo Bahrain Merida 8:57
32 POWER Robert Team Sunweb s.t.
33 VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan CCC Team 9:17
34 SCHÄR Michael CCC Team s.t.
35 JAUREGUI Quentin Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
36 KING Ben Dimension Data s.t.
37 TRATNIK Jan Bahrain Merida s.t.
38 SCHÖNBERGER Sebastian Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia s.t.
39 PIBERNIK Luka Bahrain Merida s.t.
40 PERNSTEINER Hermann Bahrain Merida s.t.
41 VELASCO Simone Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia s.t.
42 DE TIER Floris Jumbo-Visma s.t.
43 MAJKA Rafał Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
44 PETILLI Simone UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
45 VALGREN Michael Dimension Data 9:24
46 DEVENYNS Dries Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
47 BATTAGLIN Enrico Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
48 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb s.t.
49 STANNARD Robert Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
50 KEUKELEIRE Jens Lotto-Soudal 9:26
51 CATALDO Dario Astana s.t.
52 TURGIS Jimmy Vital Concept-B&B Hotels 9:30
53 WIŚNIOWSKI Łukasz CCC Team s.t.
54 GOŁAŚ Michał Sky s.t.
55 BENEDETTI Cesare Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
56 SEPÚLVEDA Eduardo Movistar 9:44
57 DUCHESNE Antoine Groupama-FDJ 9:46
58 MOSCON Gianni Sky 9:57
59 BIDARD François Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
60 VAKOČ Petr Deceuninck-Quick Step 12:05
61 CAICEDO Jonathan Klever EF Education First 12:24
62 CARAPAZ Richard Movistar s.t.
63 VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume CCC Team 12:27
64 PRADES Eduard Movistar s.t.
65 DOULL Owain Sky s.t.
66 GASTAUER Ben Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
67 VAN DER HOORN Taco Jumbo-Visma s.t.
68 VAN RENSBURG Reinardt Dimension Data s.t.
69 VAN HOECKE Gijs CCC Team s.t.
70 MARCZYŃSKI Tomasz Lotto-Soudal s.t.
71 STRAKHOV Dmitry Katusha-Alpecin 12:32
72 KANGERT Tanel EF Education First s.t.
73 HIRSCHI Marc Team Sunweb s.t.
74 GATTO Oscar Bora-hansgrohe 12:43
75 TILLER Rasmus Dimension Data 12:47
76 MOLLEMA Bauke Trek-Segafredo 12:49
77 DENZ Nico Ag2r La Mondiale 12:57
78 BETTIOL Alberto EF Education First 22:54
79 HAAS Nathan Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
80 CIMA Damiano Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
81 SCHULTZ Nick Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
82 GAROSIO Andrea Bahrain Merida s.t.
83 BETANCUR Carlos Movistar 22:57

2019 Strade Bianche photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Lucignano D'asso

A nice day for a bicycle race in Tuscany

Lucignano D'asso

On the Lucignano D'Asso sector

Lucignano D'asso

Another shot of dusty riders on the white roads of Lucignano D'Asso

Lucignano D'asso

This is such a beautiful race!

Lucignano D'asso

Beautiful, beautiful Tuscany

Diego Rosa

Sky's Diego Rosa on a breakaway

Benoot, Tiesj

Tiesj Benoot. Looks like Julian Alaphillipe is right there.

Julian Alaphilippe

Julian Alaphilippe finishes ahead of Jakob Fuglsang

Jakob Fuglsang

Jakob Fuglsang finishes second.

Wout van aert

And Wout van Aert was third.

Julian Alaphilippe

Winner Julian Alaphilippe

Strade Bianche podium

The podium, from left: Jakob Fuglsang (2nd), winner Alaphilippe and Wout van Aert (3rd)


Women's Strade Bianche:

Siena - Siena, 136 km

Annemiek van Vleuten

Annemiek van Vleuten wins the women's Strade Bianche.

The race: Here's the summary from winner Annemiek van Vleuten's Mitchelton-Scott team.

Dual world time trial champion Annemiek van Vleuten put on a stunning display to win a punishing Strade Bianche in just her second race back from injury. The 36-year-old powered away from a select group of favourites on the final gravel sector and managed to open up an advantage to stay away solo to the finish in Siena.

The win is the Dutchwoman’s first victory since a serious knee injury suffered during the 2018 UCI Road Race World Championships.

It was a fast start to proceedings as the peloton rolled out of Siena and it wasn’t until the first gravel sector of the day that a group of four managed to edge clear. However, by the time the bunch had passed over the following off-road section, it was all back together.

The fourth sector of ‘white roads’ saw a number of gaps occur as the pace increased, but again the splits were short-lived and the race was back together as they passed through the feedzone.

As the peloton moved onto the longest off-road section of the race, Australian Amanda Spratt was caught in a crash and was forced to abandon after taking a knock to the head in the fall.

It was then a case of attack after attack as number riders, including Lucy Kennedy, dangled ahead of the reduced bunch but were quickly reeled back in.

By the time the race hit the final sector of gravel, a select group of 11 had managed to break clear with Van Vleuten amongst them.

Van Vleuten then made her move over the steep climb, as the off-road sectors ended and the run to the finish began. She quickly opened up a gap of 30 seconds and with no organised chase behind, the gap grew to 40 seconds as the climb to Piazza del Campo came into sight.

As the climb began, it was obvious that there was no catching Van Vleuten and the winner of the 2018 Women’s WorldTour had time to sit up and celebrate as she crossed the line.

Annemiek van Vleuten:
“I thought it was maybe a bit too early because I’ve just had 10 weeks of training after I broke my knee at the world championships. But I worked very, very hard because the race was on my wish list to win one time, it’s one of my favourite races.”

“I just waited for a good moment (to attack), there was only one teammate with me, only Lucy Kennedy, and it was really good for us to be there together but we were a bit outnumbered. We were only two in a big group so we had to poker a bit, then I thought I had to put the hammer down on the uphill!”

“It’s one of my best victories, to win here, I said yesterday when we had a picture here in the Piazza del Campo, I think it’s the best way to finish a race here.”

“It is an interesting course with limited time trial kilometres and some very high passes, which have not been seen before in the Tour de France. I like the route and avoiding Western France makes that first week a little less tense. We are in the mountains quite early and with a team time trial day two we will certainly see the lay of the land quite early in proceedings.”

Complete Results:

133 kilometers raced at an average speed of 34.875 km/hr

1 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek Mitchelton-Scott 3hr 48min 49sec
2 LANGVAD Annika Boels-Dolmans @ 37sec
3 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna Canyon-SRAM 0:40
4 BASTIANELLI Marta Team Virtu Cycling 0:44
5 LUDWIG Cecilie Uttrup Bigla s.t.
6 MOOLMAN Ashleigh CCC-Live 0:51
7 VOS Marianne CCC-Live 0:52
8 ENSING Janneke Team Sunweb 0:54
9 VAN DER BREGGEN Anna Boels-Dolmans 1:28
10 BLAAK Chantal Boels-Dolmans 1:50
11 WINDER Ruth Trek-Segafredo 2:50
12 GUDERZO Tatiana Bepink 3:33
13 YONAMINE Eri Alé Cipollini s.t.
14 PALADIN Soraya Alé Cipollini 3:35
15 BIANNIC Aude Movistar 3:36
16 VAN DIJK Ellen Trek-Segafredo s.t.
17 THOMAS Leah Bigla 3:38
18 GILLOW Shara FDJ-Nouvelle-Aquitaine 3:39
19 KOREVAAR Jeanne CCC-Live 3:41
20 CORDON-RAGOT Audrey Trek-Segafredo s.t.
21 AMIALIUSIK Alena Canyon-SRAM 3:44
22 VAN DE VELDE Julie Lotto-Soudal s.t.
23 KOPPENBURG Clara WNT Rotor s.t.
24 CHURSINA Anastasia BTC City Ljubljana 3:47
25 KENNEDY Lucy Mitchelton-Scott 3:50
26 BALDUCCI Michela Aromitalia-Basso s.t.
27 LELEIVYTĖ Rasa Aromitalia-Basso 3:53
28 KOSTER Claudia WNT Rotor 4:08
29 BRAND Lucinda Team Sunweb 4:17
30 NEYLAN Rachel Team Virtu Cycling 4:19
31 KOSTER Anouska Team Virtu Cycling 4:34
32 KASPER Romy Alé Cipollini 4:45
33 JASINSKA Małgorzata Movistar s.t.
34 CANUEL Karol-Ann Boels-Dolmans 4:49
35 VAN DEN BOS Jip Boels-Dolmans 4:58
36 MUZIC Évita FDJ-Nouvelle-Aquitaine 5:19
37 WILES Tayler Trek-Segafredo 5:22
38 LIPPERT Liane Team Sunweb s.t.
39 BARNES Hannah Canyon-SRAM s.t.
40 CAVALLI Marta Valcar Cylance Cycling 6:22
41 MARKUS Riejanne CCC-Live 7:30
42 CROMWELL Tiffany Canyon-SRAM s.t.
43 CECCHINI Elena Canyon-SRAM 9:33
44 ROOIJAKKERS Pauliena CCC-Live 9:36
45 GONZÁLEZ Alicia Movistar 9:41
46 MAGNALDI Erica WNT Rotor 10:08
47 JACKSON Alison TIBCO-Silicon Valley s.t.
48 CHABBEY Elise Bigla 11:59
49 BERTIZZOLO Sofia Team Virtu Cycling 12:55
50 LABOUS Juliette Team Sunweb s.t.
51 RAGUSA Katia Bepink 13:00
52 BROWN Grace Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
53 KIRCHMANN Leah Team Sunweb s.t.
54 BUJAK Eugenia BTC City Ljubljana 13:04
55 VIECELI Lara WNT Rotor 13:05
56 BEGGIN Sofia Aromitalia-Basso 13:20
57 ALLEN Jessica Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
58 GUARISCHI Barbara Team Virtu Cycling 13:46
59 RICHIOUD Greta FDJ-Nouvelle-Aquitaine 15:00
60 RIVERA Coryn Team Sunweb s.t.

Men's Course maps and profiles:

Strade Bianche map

Overall race map

Finsih map

Map of the finish

2019 Strade Bianche overall profile

Full course profile

Profile

Profile of the last 20 kilometers

Strade Bianche profle

And profile of the final three kilometers.


Start list with back numbers, March 8, 2019:

  LOTTO-SOUDAL
DS: Mario Aerts
1 BENOOT Tiesj
2 HAGEN Carl Fredrik
3 KEUKELEIRE Jens
4 MARCZYNSKI Tomasz
5 NAESEN Lawrence
6 VAN DER SANDE Tosh
7 WELLENS Tim
AG2R LA MONDIALE
DS: Didier Janner
11 LATOUR Pierre
12 BIDARD François
13 DENZ Nico
14 DILLIER Silvan
15 GENIEZ Alexandre
16 JAUREGUI Quentin
17 PETERS Nans
ASTANA
DS: Alexandr Shefer
21 FUGLSANG Jakob
22 BALLERINI Davide
23 BIZHIGITOV Zhandos
24 BOARO Manuele
25 CATALDO Dario
26 GRUZDEV Dmitriy
27 LUTSENKO Alexey
BAHRAIN-MERIDA
DS: Vladimir Miholjevic
31 NIBALI Vincenzo
32 BOLE Grega
33 GAROSIO Andrea
34 NIBALI Antonio
35 PERNSTEINER Hermann
36 PIBERNIK Luka
37 TRATNIK Jan
BORA-HANSGROHE
DS: Jan Valach
41 MAJKA Rafal
42 BENEDETTI Cesare
43 BODNAR Maciej
44 GATTO Oscar
45 MÜHLBERGER Gregor
46 OSS Daniel
47 SCHACHMANN Maximilian
CCC TEAM
DS: Valerio Piva
51 VAN AVERMAET Greg
52 CERNY Josef
53 SCHÄR Michael
54 VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan
55 VAN HOECKE Gijs
56 VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume
57 WISNIOWSKI Lukasz
DECEUNINCK-QUICK STEP
DS: Davide Bramati
61 STYBAR Zdenek
62 ALAPHILIPPE Julian
63 CAPECCHI Eros
64 DEVENYNS Dries
65 LAMPAERT Yves
66 SERRY Pieter
67 VAKOC Petr
EF EDUCATION FIRST
DS: Fabrizio Guidi
71 BETTIOL Alberto
72 CAICEDO Jonathan
73 CLARKE Simon
74 HOWES Alex
75 BENNETT Sean
76 OWEN Logan
77 MORTON Lachlan David
GROUPAMA-FDJ
DS: Philippe Mauduit
81 KÜNG Stefan
82 ARMIRAIL Bruno
83 DUCHESNE Antoine
84 LUDVIGSSON Tobias
85 LADAGNOUS Matthieu
86 SEIGLE Romain
87 VINCENT Leo
MITCHELTON-SCOTT
DS: Gene Bates
91 AFFINI Edoardo
92 BOOKWALTER Brent
93 DURBRIDGE Luke
94 JUUL JENSEN Christopher
95 SCHULTZ Nicholas
96 SCOTSON Callum
97 STANNARD Robert
MOVISTAR TEAM
DS: Maximilian Sciandri
101 BARBERO Carlos
102 CARAPAZ Richard
103 BETANCUR Carlos
104 OLIVEIRA Nelson
105 PRADES Eduard
106 ROJAS Jose
107 SEPULVEDA Eduardo
NERI SOTTOLI-SELLE ITALIA-KTM
DS: Luca Scinto
111 VISCONTI Giovanni
112 BERTAZZO Liam
113 FONZI Giuseppe
114 PACIONI Luca
115 RAGGIO Luca
116 SCHÖNBERGER Sebastian
117 VELASCO Simone
NIPPO-VINI FANTINI
DS: Mario Manzoni
121 MOSER Moreno
122 BAGIOLI Nicola
123 CANOLA Marco
124 CIMA Damiano
125 HATSUYAMA Sho
126 LOBATO Juan
127 LONARDI Giovanni
TEAM DIMENSION DATA
DS: Bingen Fernandez
131 KREUZIGER Roman
132 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt
133 KING Benjamin
134 MÄDER Gino
135 TILLER Rasmus Fossum
136 VALGREN ANDERSEN Michael
137 VENTER Jacobus
TEAM JUMBO-VISMA
DS: Addy Engels
141 VAN AERT Wout
142 DE TIER Floris
143 POWLESS Neilson
144 HOFSTEDE Lennard
145 TOLHOEK Antwan
146 VAN DER HOORN Taco
147 VAN POPPEL Danny
KATUSHA-ALPECIN
DS: Claudio Cozzi
151 BATTAGLIN Enrico
152 CRAS Steff
153 BOSWELL Ian
154 GUERREIRO Ruben
155 HAAS Nathan
156 KUZNETSOV Vyacheslav
157 STRAKHOV Dmitrii
TEAM SKY
DS: Matteo Tosatto
161 THOMAS Geraint
162 BASSO Leonardo
163 DOULL Owain
164 GOLAS Michal
165 MOSCON Gianni
166 PUCCIO Salvatore
167 ROSA Diego
TEAM SUNWEB
DS: Aike Visbeek
171 ROCHE Nicholas
172 HAMILTON Chris
173 HIRSCHI Marc
174 KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn
175 HINDLEY Jai
176 OOMEN Sam
177 POWER Robert
TREK-SEGAFREDO
DS: Adriano Baffi
181 MOLLEMA Bauke
182 FELLINE Fabio
183 BEPPU Fumiyuki
184 CONCI Nicola
185 IRIZAR ARANBURU Markel
186 MOSCHETTI Matteo
187 SKUJINS Toms
UAE-TEAM EMIRATES
DS: Marco Marzano
191 GAVIRIA Fernando
192 FARIA Rui
193 FERRARI Roberto
194 LAENGEN Vegard Stake
195 PETILLI Simone
196 PHILIPSEN Jasper
197 POGACAR Tadej
VITAL CONCEPT-B&B HOTELS
DS: Gilles Pauchard
201 BAGOT Yohan
202 CAM Maxime
203 DE BACKER Bert
204 ERMENAULT Corentin
205 LAMMERTINK Steven
206 MOTTIER Justin
207 TURGIS Jimmy

Here's the organizer's course description:

The route offers a mostly varied and wavy landscape, in termsof both course and profile, with no extended climbs, but with a series of more or less steep spurts, especially on unpaved roads. The route features about 63 km of unpaved road over 11 different segments (8 of which are in common with the women’s race), with a roadbed in good conditions, well-packed ground with no grass invasion, and a little gravel on the surface.

The race starts from Siena (near the stadium/FortezzaMedicea). The first kilometres on wavy and asphalted terrain lead to the first gravel sector (2.1 km), perfectly straight and slightly downhill, at km 18. The second sector (5.8 km) is just a few kilometres away; this will be the first tricky bit of the race, with a short and slightly downhill stretch, followed by a long climb with gradients around 10% and above.

After hitting Radi, the route takes in the third sector (4.4 km, namely the second part of the first white road stretch of the original route) and the fourth one (“La Piana”, 5.5 km, which has been featured since the first edition, and used to be the former second sector of the original route), less demanding and leading to Buonconvento.

The Montalcino climb, the second ascent of the day (4 km, 5% gradient), is just a few kilometres away. The 5th and 6th sectors (11.9 km and 8.0 km, respectively) begin just past Torrenieri, with only 1 km on paved road in-between. Both segments are demanding, wavy and bumpy, with several bends, climbs and descents.

The fixed feed zone is set around Ponte d’Arbia, after the second passage through Buonconvento; the route then reaches Monteroni d’Arbia, where the 7th dirt-road sector begins (San Martino in Grania, 9.5 km), across the unique scenery of the Crete Senesi hills. This is a long sector, marked by gentle climbs and descents in the first part, and ending with a long, curving climb that leads back to paved road. The 8th white road segment (11.5 km, the hardest of the whole race) begins in Ponte del Garbo (Asciano). It is mainly uphill, and marked by major climbs and descents, including the one near Monte Sante Marie, that reach sharp gradients very quickly, both upand downhill (on short distances).

The route then features a very short, flat, unpaved sector (300 m) past Castelnuovo Berardenga, followed by the ninth, short dirt-road sector, after Monteaperti, which measures only 800 m in length but features two-digit gradients. The route goes back on paved road in Vico d’Arbia and Pieve a Bozzone, then takes in the tenth and penultimate segment (2.4 km) on the steep Colle Pinzuto climb (with gradients peaking as high as 15%).

After a few kilometres, the route features the eleventh and last dirt-road segment (1.1 km), marked by a fast-running descent and followed by a punchy climb (max gradient: 18%), ending in Le Tolfe. The finish in Siena, in Piazza del Campo, is a little more than 12 km away