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10 amazing photos from a grizzly edition of Strade Bianche

Gallery from the memorable 2018 Strade Bianche

Daniel Oss leads the bunch. Photo: Sirotti

The 2018 edition of Strade Bianche will go on to live in cycling fans memories. As snow from earlier in the week gave way to rain, the white sterrata of Tuscany were sloppy with mud. Riders clothing, bikes, helmets and faces were covered in the white roads as wheels flung the dirt into the air.

It was a day of attrition and Tiesj Benoot of Lotto-Soudal imposed himself to take his first professional win. Amazing performances by Romain Bardet (Ag2R-La Mondial) and three-time world cyclocross champion Wout van Aert (Veranda’s Willems-Crelan) saw the pair of first time Strade Bianche competitors finish on the podium. Van Aert’s legs cramped up on the final slopes into the Piazza del Campo in Siena barely managing to remount to cross the line.