Women's WorldTour back in action at Strade Bianche – Preview

SIENA ITALY MARCH 09 Coryn Rivera of The United States and Team Sunweb Leah Kirchmann of Canada and Team Sunweb Liane Lippert of Germany and Team Sunweb Peloton during the 5th Strade Bianche 2019 Women a 136km race from Siena to Siena Piazza del Campo StradeBianche Eroica on March 09 2019 in Siena Italy Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Team Sunweb lead the bunch at the 2019 Strade Bianche (Image credit: Getty Images)

It's been five months since Liane Lippert pulled on the Women's WorldTour purple leader's jersey after winning the opening round of the top-tier series at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Australia on February 3. The Sunweb all-rounder will finally have the opportunity to wear the prestigious jersey for the first time, under strict COVID-19 safety measures, when the series officially restarts at Strade Bianche in Italy on August 1.

Many of the teams will be arriving at the race on Saturday from the Basque Country, which hosted three one-day races at the end of July, all won by world champion Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott). The events provided a test-run of the health measures in place to protect athletes, staff and spectators while racing resumes amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

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