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Gallery: At the start of Strade Bianche

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Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) gets ready to race

Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) gets ready to race
(Image credit: Flavio Lombardi)
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Danilo Hondo (Radioshack-Leopard)

Danilo Hondo (Radioshack-Leopard)
(Image credit: Flavio Lombardi)
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Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r-La Mondiale)

Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r-La Mondiale)
(Image credit: Flavio Lombardi)
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Andy Schleck (Radioshack-Leopard) signs an autograpandyh

Andy Schleck (Radioshack-Leopard) signs an autograpandyh
(Image credit: Flavio Lombardi)
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Moreno Moser (Cannondale Pro Cycling)

Moreno Moser (Cannondale Pro Cycling)
(Image credit: Flavio Lombardi)
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The Strade Bianche peloton rolls out of Gaiole in Chianti

The Strade Bianche peloton rolls out of Gaiole in Chianti
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
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2012 winner Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Leopard)

2012 winner Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Leopard)
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
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Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) talks to Gazzetta dello Sport

Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) talks to Gazzetta dello Sport
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
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Peter Sagan's view of the tifosi

Peter Sagan's view of the tifosi
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
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Maciej Bodnar's Cannondale bike

Maciej Bodnar's Cannondale bike
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
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Most riders attached the race profile to their stems

Most riders attached the race profile to their stems
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
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The Garmin-Sharp Cervelo bikes

The Garmin-Sharp Cervelo bikes
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
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The brightly coloured Merida bikes used by the Lampre-Merida team

The brightly coloured Merida bikes used by the Lampre-Merida team
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
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Ag2r-La Mondiale is using Focus bikes in 2013

Ag2r-La Mondiale is using Focus bikes in 2013
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
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Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) rolls out

Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) rolls out
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)

The Strade Bianche race began under blue skies in the village of Giaole in Chianti, with all 111 riders on the start list rolling out to face the 188km of racing, 57 of which are on the spectacular dirt roads. 

The riders seemed happy to feel the warmth of the Tuscan sun on their faces after the cold in Belgium last weekend. However a strong wind was blowing and will be a factor in the race, when the riders ride across the hilltops.

Amongst the big-names in action are 2012 winner Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Leopard), Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team), Omloop Het Nieuwslbad winner Luca Paolini (Katusha), Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing Team), Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp), Peter Sagan and Moreno Moser (Cannondale Pro Cycling), Tom Slagter (Blanco Pro Cycling), Filippo Pozzato (Lampre-Merida), Alejandro Valverde and (Movistar).