Montepaschi Strade Bianche preview

Paris-Nice gets underway on Sunday, Tirreno-Adriatico starts next week, Milan-San Remo’s in two weeks and then it’s no time at all until the start of the famed hard-man cobbled Classics. This Saturday’s Montepaschi Strade Bianche race on the dirt roads of Tuscany will be a key indicator of some riders’ form.

The race (part of the RCS Sport stable) was inspired by a Gran Fondo ride, the October Eroica sportive established in 1997, where participants have to use bikes made before 1987 and dress accordingly.

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What’s happening in March?

Welcome to our preview of what’s happening in the world of road cycling in March. With the Classics season getting under way last weekend with races such as Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and the GP di Lugano, not to mention stage races such as the Tours of Qatar and Oman and the Volta ao Algarve earlier in February, the 2012 season is now in full flow.

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