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Strade Bianche Women 2020

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Annemiek van Vleuten wins 2019 Strade Bianche

Annemiek van Vleuten wins 2019 Strade Bianche (Image credit: Getty Images)

The 2020 Strade Bianche will mark the continuation of professional bike racing after the sport, and the world, was halted due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. It is second round of the Women's WorldTour, after the series began in February at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. 

The UCI announced the revised-late season calendar in May and the Women's WorldTour has retained 16 of the original 22 events. It will include five stage races and 11 one-day races.

Strade Bianche was originally scheduled to take place on March 7, but is now confirmed to happen on August 1. It will once again bring the peloton racing along the famous white gravel roads around Tuscany and finish on the steep ascent into the city of Siena.

The women race roughly 136km that includes around 30km of gravel road sections before finishing back in Siena at the Piazza del Campo.

In the 2019 edition of Strade Bianche, Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) attacked alone on the final, steep section of dirt road and time trialled to victory as her rivals hesitated in their chase.

She opened a 45-second lead and held it on the steep final climb of Via Santa Caterina up to central Siena, celebrating her solo win in the Piazza il Campo. Annika Langvad (Boels Dolmans) finished second at 37 seconds, with Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) third at 40 seconds.

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