5000 amateur riders at 2021 Gran Fondo Strade Bianche
The Gran Fondo Strade Bianche by Pinarello got underway last weeknd near Siena, Northern Italy. Taking in the Fortezza Medicea (aka the Fort of Saint Barbara), the mass participation event reported 5,000 participants
Riding Sienese gravel roads, the 2021 Gran Fondo Strade Bianche was postponed from March to September. Pro riders still took on the race in March.
The amateur riders followed in the footsteps of the professionals (a few months later) who competed in this year’s ‘southernmost Northern Classic in Europe’. The March 2021 event was won by Dutch phenomenon Mathieu van der Poel, ahead of world champion Julian Alaphilippe and the winner of the last Giro d’Italia, Egan Bernal.
Whilst it is still a young event, from year to year the Gran Fondo Strade Bianche by Pinarello has seen its prestige grow in the Italian and international amateur cycling scene.
At the start line were a number of famous faces, including Johan de Muynck, winner of the 1978 Giro d’Italia; Paolo Bettini, former World and Olympic Champion; Andrea Tafi, winner of the Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders; Moreno Moser, sole Italian winner of Strade Bianche; alongside Stefano Allocchio and Max Lelli.
Among the men, first across the finish line at the Piazza del Campo was Onofrio Monzillo followed by Tommaso Elettrico and Fabio Cini. The first female rider was Sara Mazzorana, followed by Simona Parente and Katleen Luypaert.
Full resulst can be found here: https://www.endu.net/it/events/gran-fondo-strade-bianche/results
Next Up: The Gran Fondo Il Lombardia
The Gran Fondo Strade Bianche will now give way to the Gran Fondo Il Lombardia on 10 October, the second of the amateur cycling events proposed by RCS Sport/RCS Active Team for 2021. The event will depart from and arrive in Cantù, with a route that includes the ‘monument’ climbs of Ghisallo and Muro di Sormano. The course and landscape are truly unique, offering a mix of climbs, descents and steep hills that guarantee constant fun for all riders. Riding theGran Fondo Il Lombardia, two-wheel enthusiasts will be able to measure themselves gainst the professionals just hours after they race on the same roads.