Tadej Pogacar won the Strade Bianche one-day cycling classic on Saturday with a long-range solo attack on the gravel roads of Tuscany.
The 23-year-old Tour de France champion Pogacar made his move 50 kilometres from the Sienna finish line on a wind-swept day, finishing 37 seconds ahead of Spanish veteran Alejandro Valverde.
The Team UAE leader made his way alone up a steep incline to a sun-kissed Piazza del Campo in Siena to win the 184km race at his fourth attempt, the latest scalp in his already long list of major career triumphs.
Valverde defied his 41 years to finish 37sec back, the 2018 world champion arriving at the line and immediately making his way to Pogacar before embracing and congratulating the Slovenian for a phenomenal victory.
His win came in cold, blustery conditions which caused a spectacular crash around halfway through the race, on the white gravel roads of the Crete Senesi.
Reigning world champion Julian Alaphilippe was the high-profile rider worst hit by the crash, flying over his handlebars and onto his back before rolling off the the road and into a field as the swirling wind whipped up dust through the open roads of the central Tuscan route and pushed riders off balance.
Around 30 riders were affected by the crash including Jumbo-Visma’s Tiesj Benoot, the 2018 winner’s forfeit a huge blow for his team who were without 2020 champion Wout van Aert who decided to take part in Paris-Nice instead.However experienced Frenchman Alaphilippe got back onto his bike and attempted to […]