“Waking up to the realization that today we race on Tuscan gravel 😍” | Strade Bianche 2020

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The riders have had to wait a long time, but today the Strade Bianche is the first WorldTour race since the corona break on the menu. Last year Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) settled on the Italian gravel roads with Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma). Who will be the first to cross the line in Siena this year?

  1. 09h17. Livé on One and sporza.be! The women also ride their Strade today. You can watch that match live on One, from 3:10 PM. Ruben Van Gucht and Lieselot Decroix provide the comments. Then it’s up to the men. That broadcast will start at 4:52 pm, also on One. Renaat Schotte and José De Cauwer explain and explain what they see. So be sure to tune in to One, or switch on the livestream in this article! You can also follow both matches on our site live from start to finish with text updates. .
  2. 09h11. More than 35 degrees later in Siena. With the Strade Bianche, the cycling world is today in its first WorldTour race after an interruption of almost 5 months. & Nbsp; The Strade turned out to be a classic in a short time and is highly estimated in the peloton. This year the riders have to cover 184 kilometers, of which 63 kilometers on gravel roads. The riders will soon have to deal with temperatures of more than 35 degrees, which will make the race even more difficult. The finish is as always in the Piazza del Campo in Siena, after a final climb on the Via Santa Caterina with a maximum gradient of 16%. Due to the corona virus, no public is allowed in the start zone and at the finish. The arrival is expected around 6.30 pm. .
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  4. 23 hours 54. Team mate of the Naesen brothers tests positive just before Strade. The Swiss Silvan Dillier tested positive for the corona virus a day before the Strade Bianche. The AG2R rider must therefore be quarantined for 10 days. “I’m really bummed by this,” said Dillier in the Swiss newspaper Blick. “I am the healthiest person in the world.” Last year Dillier crossed the line in Siena in 14th place. The teammate of Oliver and Lawrence Naesen and Stijn Vandenbergh shows no symptoms of the coronavirus and doubts the correctness of the test that turned out positive. “I have had several tests in the past few days and they were all negative. Even with a blood test, all values ​​were good.” AG2R has not yet communicated about the contamination within the team. Oliver and Lawrence Naesen will ride the Strade for the French team on Saturday. .
  5. 6 pm 12. Van Aert wary of the heat. “I will probably never experience it this warm again,” says Wout van Aert. “It may lead to a different course. You will have slightly fewer arrows on your bow and so there will be some riders who will encounter themselves by giving everything too early. That can cause surprises. It never stops here and take when the heat is added, you get a tough game. ” .
  6. 17h53. Van Aert: “There will be riders who will encounter themselves by giving everything too early”.

    Van Aert: “There will be riders who will encounter themselves by giving everything too early”

  7. 17h35. Last year my first big goal was the Strade Bianche, now my goals come later. I’m not going to hide that. Julian Alaphilippe, last year’s winner.
  8. 5 pm 32. Alaphilippe: “My goals are coming later”. Julian Alaphilippe does not see himself as a contender for the victory tomorrow. Last year’s winner has “not the same feeling in his legs as last year”. “Then I really worked towards the Italian games, now my condition is not exceptional. Of course I am motivated, but my goals come later. I will not hide that.” The Frenchman from Deceuninck-Quick Step could not celebrate a single time in 2020. Last season he beat Fuglsang and Van Aert in Siena. Tomorrow baking will take place in Siena. Alaphilippe expects a wear stroke. “During training we already felt today that it was difficult, different races than last year too. It will be a factor that we have to take into account and we will have to drink enough.” “With such a heat you also have to pay attention. If you go deep once, you need more time to recover, but that goes for everyone. We will all just have to be ready to grab dust.” .
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