Even in the rain, Strade Bianche is the most beautiful of races, with a parcours that never disappoints and a peloton that holds it in the highest of esteem. Today’s men’s and women’s races proved gritty and gruelling with crashes taking their toll, but Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High 5) and Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) both brought guts and grace to their wins today.
What could Etixx’s Niki Terpstra have done to win yesterday’s Ronde? Not much as Alexander Kristoff was cool as a cucumber in that last kilometre and with no sign of panic, he took the second Monument of his career and the third Katusha victory in a week. BMC’s Greg Van Avermaet was third.
Sounded like the women’s Ronde was ablaze with action, although most people had to follow it on Twitter as there was no live pictures. Here are highlights from the race as well as an interview with the Ronde champion, Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-Honda). Teammate Jolien D’hoore took second and Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) was third.