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Strade Bianche: Through the years on the white roads of Tuscany - Retro Gallery

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The peloton and race convoy kick up the white dust from the roads

The peloton and race convoy kick up the white dust from the roads
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Alexandr Kolobnev (CSC) won the inaugural Monte Paschi Eroica in 2007

Alexandr Kolobnev (CSC) won the inaugural Monte Paschi Eroica in 2007
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Polish Champion Michal Kwiatkowski is the victor in 2014

Polish Champion Michal Kwiatkowski is the victor in 2014
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A closer look at the tree-lined gravel roads

A closer look at the tree-lined gravel roads
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Alejandro Valverde attacks the Via Santa Caterina in 2014

Alejandro Valverde attacks the Via Santa Caterina in 2014
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Zdenek Stybar leads in 2015

Zdenek Stybar leads in 2015
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White roads and a crisp blue sky in 2015 Strade Bianche

White roads and a crisp blue sky in 2015 Strade Bianche
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Megan Guarnier (Boels - Dolmans) won the first women's edition of the Strade Bianche in 2015

Megan Guarnier (Boels - Dolmans) won the first women's edition of the Strade Bianche in 2015
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The race goes through the famous Chianti wine region

The race goes through the famous Chianti wine region
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The 2016 Strade Bianche

The 2016 Strade Bianche
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Fabian Cancellara made it to three victories of the Strade Bianche in his final year as a professional

Fabian Cancellara made it to three victories of the Strade Bianche in his final year as a professional
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Lizzie Deignan (nee Armistead) won the race as world champion in 2016

Lizzie Deignan (nee Armistead) won the race as world champion in 2016
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Alexandr Kolobnev (CSC in action during the 2007 Monte Paschi Eroica

Alexandr Kolobnev (CSC in action during the 2007 Monte Paschi Eroica
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The famous Piazza del Campo in Siena

The famous Piazza del Campo in Siena
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The peloton during the 2013 Strade Bianche

The peloton during the 2013 Strade Bianche
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Alessandro Ballan, Paolo Bettini and Fabian Cancellara during the 2008 edition of the race

Alessandro Ballan, Paolo Bettini and Fabian Cancellara during the 2008 edition of the race
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Linus Gerdemann (Team Columbia), Fabian Cancellara (CSC) and Alessandro Ballan (Lampre) make up the 2008 podium

Linus Gerdemann (Team Columbia), Fabian Cancellara (CSC) and Alessandro Ballan (Lampre) make up the 2008 podium
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Thomas Lofkvist (Team Columbia-HTC) leads the pack in 2009, eventually winning the race

Thomas Lofkvist (Team Columbia-HTC) leads the pack in 2009, eventually winning the race
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The peloton riding the iconic white roads during the 2009 Monte Paschi Eroica

The peloton riding the iconic white roads during the 2009 Monte Paschi Eroica
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The 2011 Strade Bianche

The 2011 Strade Bianche
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Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) takes the 2011 victory in Siena

Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) takes the 2011 victory in Siena
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The peloton rides through the Tuscan countryside

The peloton rides through the Tuscan countryside
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Fabian Cancellara took his second victory of the race during 2012

Fabian Cancellara took his second victory of the race during 2012
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Fabian Cancellara breaks away alone in the 2012 Strade Bianche

Fabian Cancellara breaks away alone in the 2012 Strade Bianche
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Moreno Moser takes victory in 2013

Moreno Moser takes victory in 2013
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The rolling Tuscan countryside

The rolling Tuscan countryside
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The iconic Monuments of cycling have been raced since the late 1800s, and it is the history and legend of these races that are intrinsic to the beauty of the sport.

Few other one-day races truly compare to the five races honoured with the Monument title. However, a mixture of strada sterrata (dirt road), rolling Tuscan countryside, the biggest names in cycling, and some of the greatest medieval architecture in Europe have combined to put Strade Bianche in high regard among fans, in spite of its relative youth.

The inaugural Monte Paschi Eroica in 2007 was born from the Eroica Gran Fondo that precedes the professional race by 10 years, eventually changing its name to Strade Bianche in 2010. In less than a decade, the race has become a firm fixture on the calendar, drawing some of the biggest names in cycling and winners such as Philippe Gilbert, Michel Kwiatkowski, Zdenek Stybar and Fabian Cancellara, who has won the event three times in its short history.

A women’s edition was established in 2015, with Megan Guarnier winning in emphatic style. It was the turn of her teammate and reigning world champion, Lizzie Deignan last season. The race was part of the inaugural Women’s WorldTour and kicks off the second edition of the series this weekend.

2017 sees the race enter the men’s WorldTour calendar for the first time, starting and finishing in Siena.

Click or swipe through the gallery above to see images from the youngest spring Classic on the WorldTour calendar.