Strade Bianche, Italy

3 March 2018

Procycling - - GALLERY -

Cov­ered in a thick layer of mud, and as the gra­di­ent of the Via Santa Ca­te­rina starts to bite, lone leader Tiesj Benoot takes a look over his shoul­der to see if there are any chasers in sight. The nar­row city- cen­tre climb through Siena was all that stood be­tween Benoot and his irst- ever pro­fes­sional vic­tory. Con­stant heavy rain in the days be­fore and dur­ing the race turned the pris­tine white strade bianche gravel stretches into brown sludge. In fact, the weather turned out to be the star of the show and it cre­ated one of the most thrilling one-day races of the year.

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