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Despite heading into just its third edition in 2017, the women's Strade Bianche is a premiere event that draws many of the sport's top names to Tuscany for an early-season WorldTour contest.
127km in length, Strade Bianche starts and finishes in Siena, with plenty of challenges along the road. Multiple sections of dirt and gravel roads and a barrage of short but tough climbs in the run-in to an uphill finale practically guarantee exciting racing. The parcours strikes just the right balance to encourage longer-range attacks while still making solo escapes a challenge.
Elizabeth Deignan is the defending champion, winning the 2016 edition of the race ahead of Katarzyna Niewiadoma after settling for runner-up honours in the inaugural running of the event behind Megan Guarnier.
2017 Strade Bianche Women Results
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5||3:44:45|
|2||Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling||0:00:02|
|3||Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam||0:00:05|
|4||Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women||0:00:08|
|5||Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica Scott Women||0:00:09|
|6||Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope||0:00:12|
|7||Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica Scott Women||0:00:18|
|8||Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica Scott Women||0:00:36|
|9||Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team||0:01:06|
|10||Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing|
Strade Bianche Women 20174 March 2017 | Tuscany | Women's WorldTour
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