Advertisement

Sign up for our newsletter

Advertisement

Strade Bianche 2022: Route, riders and all you need to know

Key information about the 2022 Strade Bianche women's and men's races, which will take place on Saturday 5th March 2022

Cyclist magazine
4 Mar 2022

How long does it take for something to be considered ‘a classic’? Despite 2022 only being the race’s 16th edition, Strade Bianche has quickly become one of the most prestigious one-day races outside of the five Monuments, so much so that it was promoted to the WorldTour in 2017.

With its gravel roads and punchy climbs, Strade Bianche has suited the Classics specialists, with many who hold ambitions at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix shining brightly at this Italian race. However, more traditional climbers like Alejandro Valverde and Damiano Cunego have also fared well in the past.

The most successful rider at Strade Bianche is Fabian Cancellara with three victories in 2008, 2012 and 2016. Wout van Aert won in 2020 after leaving Davide Formolo for dust 13 kilometres before the finish line atop the final climb in Siena and in 2021 Mathieu van der Poel launched a jaw-dropping attack on the final climb to take the win. 

Strade Bianche also runs a women’s race on the same day and like the men’s event, this has fast become one of the most important days on the calendar.

The first women’s Strade Bianche was held in 2015 and was won by Megan Guarnier with Britain’s Lizzie Deignan taking victory in 2016. In 2019, Annemiek van Vleuten dominated proceedings and won solo in Siena. In 2020 things were only slightly closer, with the Dutchwoman dropping Margarita Victoria García a hundred metres from the line for back-to-back wins.

However, the winds changed in 2021, as Chantal van den Broek-Blaak won the seventh edition after dropping Elisa Longo Borghini on the steep climb into the old town of Siena. 

Strade Bianche 2022: Key information

Date: Saturday 5th March 2022
Start: Siena   
Finish: Siena  
Distance: Men’s 184km; Women’s 136km  
Gravel Sections: Men’s 11; Women’s 8  
UK television coverage: Eurosport, GCN  

Back to normal 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, 2020’s Strade Bianche was moved to 1st August, leaving riders to race through baking hot conditions. However in 2021 it returned to its normal early March spot and will do again this year. 

Taking place on Saturday 5th March, it’s the third major one-day race of the season, coming the weekend after the season-opening double of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

Strade Bianche 2022: How to watch

For a full lowdown on how to watch live coverage of the men’s and women’s Strade Bianche, visit our guide here.

Strade Bianche 2022 men’s race preview

Now well settled into its route, the men’s 2022 Strade Bianche will be 184km long, tackling 11 sections of the ‘strade bianche’ (white roads) through the rolling hills of Tuscany on its out and back loop from Siena.

The 11 sections of gravel road constitute 63km of the race, with sections lasting from as little as 800m up to the more challenging distance of 11.5km and 11.9km.

These two lengthy segments bookend further 8km and 9.5km sections, helping make the middle part of the race the most challenging and exciting.

The 11.5km section of gravel, Monte Sante Marie, is usually deemed the most difficult section, not only for that fact it takes the peloton on the unstable gravelled road but that it is also predominantly uphill.

The gravel is not the only challenge for the peloton. The climb towards Colle Pinzuto features gradients up to 15% and the last section has a sequence of demanding descents followed by a brutal climb with a max gradient of 18%, coming back into Piazza del Campo, Siena to finish the race. This climb has been the deciding factor in who has won the race on many occasions.

Strade Bianche 2022 route and profile – men’s

Strade Bianche 2022 women’s race preview

The 2022 Strade Bianche women’s race tackles eight sections of gravel roads totalling 31.6km out of the 136km route, which also starts and finishes in Siena.

While the women’s peloton will not tackle the two 11km sections of gravel, it will take on the 9.5km uphill section of San Martino in Grania which will be the toughest part of the course.

It also features the Colle Pinzuto climb and the demanding uphill finish taking them back into Siena. 

Strade Bianche 2022 route and profile – women’s

Confirmed riders and favourites

Men’s race 

With its start list still filling up, the 2022 edition of the men’s Strade Bianche looks like it’ll make for fascinating racing.

Tadej Pogačar is expected on the start line after coming seventh in his debut last year, as well as Julian Alaphilipe who will be after some retribution after being overpowered by Van der Poel last year.

Last year’s winner is not yet confirmed as he is recovering from knee and back injuries, while 2020 winner Wout van Aert is yet to be added to the start line but will be one to watch if he is. 

Others also on the provisional list include Tom Pidcock, Tom Dumoulin, Filippo Baroncini, Tiesj Benoot, Jakob Fuglsang and Ide Schelling.

Women’s race

The women’s race is shaping up to be a good show, with Movistar’s Annemiek van Vleuten and the Trek-Segafredo duo of Lizzie Deignan and Elisa Longo Borghini on the start line. 

Others to watch are Kasia Niewiadoma, who will be riding for Canyon-Sram, and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig of FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope

SD Worx rider Demi Vollering is also a big favourite, having finished 6th in 2021, her second ever Strade Bianche. 

Strade Bianche 2022: Men’s teams 

WorldTour teams

  • AG2R-Citroën
  • Astana Qazaqstan 
  • Bahrain Victorious  
  • Bora-Hansgrohe  
  • Cofidis  
  • EF Education-East Post  
  • Groupama-FDJ  
  • Ineos Grenadiers  
  • Intermarché-Wanty Gobert   
  • Israel-Premier Tech
  • Jumbo-Visma  
  • Lotto Soudal  
  • Movistar  
  • Quick Step Alpha Vinyl 
  • Team BikeExchange Jayco
  • Team DSM  
  • Trek-Segafredo  
  • UAE Emirates

ProTeam wildcards

  • Alpecin-Fenix
  • Arkéa Samsic  
  • Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè  
  • Drone Hopper
  • Eolo-Kometa  
  • TotalEnergies

Strade Bianche 2022: Women’s teams

 

  • Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano  
  • Bepink  
  • Born To Win G20 Ambedo  
  • Canyon-Sram 
  • Ceratizit-WNT 
  • EF Education-Tibco-SVB 
  • FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitane Futuroscope  
  • Human Powered Health
  • Isolmant-Premac-Vittoria  
  • Liv Racing Xstra
  • Movistar  
  • Plantur-Pure
  • Roland Cogeas Edelweiss
  • Servetto-Makhymo-Beltrami TSA  
  • Team BikeExchange  
  • Team DSM  
  • Team Jumbo-Visma
  • Team Mendelspeck
  • Team SD Worx  
  • Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
  • Trek-Segafredo  
  • UAE Team ADQ
  • Uno-X 

Strade Bianche men’s previous winners

  • 2021: Mathieu van der Poel (NED) Alpecin-Fenix
  • 2020: Wout van Aert (BEL) Jumbo–Visma
  • 2019: Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) Deceuninck-QuickStep
  • 2018: Tiesj Benoot (BEL) Lotto-Soudal
  • 2017: Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) Team Sky
  • 2016: Fabian Cancellara (SUI) Trek-Segafredo
  • 2015: Zdenek Stybar (CZE) Etixx Quick-Step
  • 2014: Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step
  • 2013: Moreno Moser (ITA) Cannondale Pro Cycling
  • 2012: Fabian Cancellara (SUI) Radioshack-Nissan
  • 2011: Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Omega-Pharma Lotto
  • 2010: Maxim Iglinsky (KAZ) Astana
  • 2009: Thomas Lovkvist (SWE) Team Colombia-HTC
  • 2008: Fabian Cancellara (SUI) CSC ProTeam
  • 2007: Alexandr Kolobnev (RUS) CSC ProTeam

Strade Bianche women’s previous winners

  • 2021: Chantal van den Broek-Blaak (NED) SD Worx
  • 2020: Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) Mitchelton–Scott
  • 2019: Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) Mitchelton-Scott
  • 2018: Anna van der Breggen (NED) Boels-Dolmans
  • 2017: Elisa Longo Borghini (ITA) Wiggle-High5
  • 2016: Lizzie Deignan (GBR) Boels-Dolmans
  • 2015: Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels-Dolmans

Check out Strade Bianche 2020 gallery: a scorching return for WorldTour racing 

Read more about: