Van der Breggen expects a more tactical Strade Bianche

09 March 2019 08:51
It would be hard for anyone for forget Anna van der Breggen’s victory at last year’s Strade Bianche; her solo attack to claim glory under the treacherously cold and wet weather conditions, and covered in sticky mud from head to toe. The new world champion is set to race the kick-off to the Women's WorldTour in Siena on Saturday, but she said the dry conditions will make the race more tactical, and so tougher for her to defend her title. "I don't like the cold but nice weather makes the race less hard," Van der Breggen said at the opening press conference on the eve of the race. "If the bunch is bigger, you face different challenges and a more tactical race. You have to attack at different places and use different strategies."ADVERTISEMENT Van der Breggen attacked a small lead group with roughly 20km and the steepest climbs to go last year. She increased her lead to just under a minute on the way to the finish line, winning ahead of Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) and Elisa Longo Borghini (then Wiggle High5). It was less about tactics and more about pure attrition, and more than half the field either finished outside of the time limit or didn't finish at all. Wet or dry, Strade Bianche is a young race, only five years old, and so it is hard to predict outcomes with its limited history. It has been the first race on the Women's WorldTour since the series' inception in 2016. Despite it only being five years old, it has quickly become one of the more popular events on the calendar because of its unique parcours and gravel sections in and around Siena, Tuscany. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com . read full article

Source: Cycling News