Sold Out Strade Bianche Gran Fondo sees 6,500 cyclists tackle the White Roads of Tuscany
On Sunday, the day after Tom Pidcock and Demi Vollering took victory in the professional races, it was the turn of thousands and thousands of cyclists from around the world to ride most of the same route
6,500 cyclists lined up to the 2023 edition of the Gran Fondo Strade Bianche riding a route of 138km, slightly shorter than the men's race the day before totalling 184km.
Whilst the roads where dry, it was evident from the professional race that there was a lot of lose gravel out on course. Amatuers and semi pro riders tackled 11 of the dirt sections.
Well known ex-professionals also took part including; Mario Cipollini, Filippo Pozzato, Sonny Colbrelli, Fabian Cancellara and Paolo Bettini.
In the womens race, Italian Annalisa Prato was first to crest the final cluimb and descent into Siena to take Victory, followed by Swiss Jutta Stienen and Samantha Arnaudo in a time of 4h 14m.
In the men's race Danish rider Mikkel Videbaek was first ahead of Italian Paolo Colonna and Italian Giuseppe Orlando.
Link to 2023 Strade Bianche Gran Fondo results: https://www.endu.net/en/events/gran-fondo-strade-bianche2/results