10 riders to watch at the women’s Strade Bianche

Strade Bianche Women 2021
Riders to watch in Strade Bianche Women 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Returning to the cool conditions of early spring this year, the 2021 Strade Bianche marks the start of the Women’s WorldTour and an early chance for the new and reshuffled teams to make an impression in the increasingly competitive field. The seventh women’s edition of the young ‘Classic’ – which throws up dramatic images of riders shrouded in the dust clouds kicked up on the gravel roads of the Tuscan hills – could potentially deliver a three-time winner if defending champion Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) gets her way.

We take a look at the prospects of the European champion to extend her winning streak and the riders who’ll be most likely to stand in her way. 

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.