Cyclists from Colombia, the United States, Canada and Uruguay will be representing America in the 17th edition of the Strade Bianche that will take place this Saturday along the unpaved roads of the Tuscany region, starting and entering Siena.
The country with the largest number of registered cyclists is the United States with four, who will be defending the colors of their respective clubs. They are Sean Quinn (EF Education-EasyPost), Magnus Sheffield (INEOS Grenadiers), Quinn Simmons (Trek – Segafredo) and Brandon Mcnulty (Trek – Segafredo).
The ‘sterrato’ classic created in 2007 will have the participation of two Colombian cyclists who will seek to be protagonists based on their international results in recent seasons: Brandon Rivera (Ineos Grenadiers) and Sergio Higuita (Bora-Hansgrohe).
The list of our Americas is closed by the Canadian Dereck Gee (Israel – Premier Tech) and the Uruguayan Eduardo Sepúlveda (Lotto Dstny), who are the least likely to get on the podium.
The fifth round of the year’s UCI World Tour calendar will take place on a demanding 184-kilometre course that includes 63 kilometers of ‘sterrato’ divided into 11 sectors, the last one 12 kilometers from the finish line.
The Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, who will be absent, won the 2022 edition. Among the big names that will take the start are five cyclists who already know what it is to win the race, the Dutch Mathieu Van der Poel (2021), the French Julian Alaphilippe (2019), the Belgian Tiesj Benoot (2018), the Pole Michal Kwiatkowski (2017 and 2014), and the Czech Zdenek Stybar (2015)
The only Colombian to get on the podium in this momentous cycling event was Egan Bernal, finishing third in 2021.