Wiggle-High5 rider Elisa Longo Borghini crosses the line to win the Women's Strade-Bianche. Image: Strade-Bianche
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VIDEO: Team Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski Wins Strade-Bianche

Team Sky have finally made headlines for all the right reasons with Michal Kwiatkowski winning the Italian semi-Classic Strade-Bianche overnight.

A brutal 175km event, riddled with climbs, and ridden over a variety of terrain including the famed white roads of rural Tuscany in central Italy, Kwiatkowski was thrilled to take his second win of the iconic race.

One of the many short, sharp climbs of the iconic annual race. Image: Sirotti.

“I’m so happy, it’s an unexpected victory,” he said after the solid solo win.
“After the difficult season I had last year, I still had a lot of trust from the team. Now the preparation for this season has already paid off.”

https://youtu.be/kUzhiRFwctk

Van Avermaet Strong Second

Riders taking on the challenging gravel roads of Tuscany for the 2017 Strade-Bianche. Image: Sirotti

Team BMC’s Greg Van Avermaet continued his strong start to his Classics campaign finishing 2nd, with Lotto-Soudall’s Tim Wellens 3rd. Best placed Aussie was Orica-Scott’s Luke Durbridge who finished 8th. 

Peter Sagan, dual World Champion and a rider considered a pre-race favourite did not complete the gruelling event. Suffering early, he didn’t look to be in his best form and was assisted into the Bora-Hansgrohe team car after 130km of racing.

Wiggle-High5 rider Elisa Longo Borghini crosses the line to win the Women's Strade-Bianche. Image: Strade-Bianche
Wiggle-High5 rider Elisa Longo Borghini crosses the line to win the Women’s Strade-Bianche. Image: Strade-Bianche

Elisa Longo Borghini Wins Women’s Race

Orica-Scott’s Annemiek van Vleuten finished a solid 5th in the women’s Strade-Bianche with teammate Katrin Garfoot crossing the line in 7th position and Amanda Spratt 8th. Wiggle-High5 rider Elisa Longo Borghini won the event, the first women’s UCI WorldTour points race of the 2017 season.

 

 

 

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