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Strade Bianche awarded WorldTour status

Taking place on 4 March, the UCI has officially confirmed the inclusion of the race in the 2017 WorldTour calendar.
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Taking place on 4 March, the UCI has officially confirmed the inclusion of the race in the 2017 WorldTour calendar.

The Strade Bianche, the youngest of RCS Sport’s races with just 10 editions, is one of the most followed races worldwide.

Now the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has confirmed that the “northern Classic at the most southern point in Europe” is officially in the WorldTour calendar for the next three years, starting with the 2017 edition through 2019. The race amongst the gravel roads of Tuscany joins the four other RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport WorldTour races: the Giro d’Italia, Milano – Sanremo, Tirreno – Adriatico and Il Lombardia. 

The last winner, Fabian "Spartacus" Cancellara, has won the race three times (2008, 2012 and 2016) and will now have a section of the race’s iconic white gravel roads named after him – the Strade Bianche di Monte Sante Marie, one of the most testing of the entire race.

The Strade Bianche will also be the first race of the 2017 Women's UCI WorldTour and, together with the Granfondo Strade Bianche, will deliver a weekend of sport, culture and food.

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