Giro d’Italia 2021: Strade Bianche stage set to add spectacular twist to GC battle

SIENA ITALY MARCH 06 Egan Arley Bernal Gomez of Colombia and Team INEOS Grenadiers Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo Visma during the Eroica 15th Strade Bianche 2021 Mens Elite a 184km race from Siena to Siena Piazza del Campo Gravel Strokes Fans Public StradeBianche on March 06 2021 in Siena Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
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The Giro d’Italia returns to the heart of Tuscany on May 19 for stage 11, and back to  the dirt roads that inspired the Eroica rides and the Strade Bianche race, with a spectacular hilly finale on the so-called sterrati around Montalcino that could create significant changes in the overall classification.

The 2010 Giro d’Italia included a similar stage to Montalcino, when heavy rain turned the dirt roads to mud and created an epic day of racing won by Australia’s Cadel Evans.

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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.