The dusty gravel roads of Tuscany were centre stage as WorldTour level racing returned today at Strade Bianche. With soaring temperatures combined with a tricky, undulating parcours – the day was destined to be a tough day out in the saddle.
An early breakaway of six riders was able to establish itself at the head of the race, building up an advantage of over three minutes but the pace soon picked up in the peloton and with 80 kilometres to go in the day the race was back together. The infernal pace continued as bad luck hit the team, and a lot of the peloton, over the many gravel sectors as mechanicals saw former winner Tiesj Benoot and Søren Kragh Andersen dropped from the race, alongside others.
Nicholas Roche forged on valiantly at the front for the team but the fast pace and action soon took its toll on the Irishman as he was dropped from the now very diminished peloton that raced towards the finish in Siena.
|1||VAN AERT Wout||Team Jumbo-Visma||4:58:56||300|
|2||FORMOLO Davide||UAE-Team Emirates||0:30||250|
|3||SCHACHMANN Maximilian||BORA - hansgrohe||0:32||215|
|DNF||HIRSCHI Marc||Team Sunweb||-||-|
|DNF||KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren||Team Sunweb||,,||-|
|DNF||NIEUWENHUIS Joris||Team Sunweb||,,||-|
|DNF||ROCHE Nicolas||Team Sunweb||,,||-|
|DNF||SÜTTERLIN Jasha||Team Sunweb||,,||-|
|DNF||ARNDT Nikias||Team Sunweb||,,||-|
|DNF||BENOOT Tiesj||Team Sunweb||,,||-|