Michal Kwiatkowski beats Peter Sagan to win Strade Bianche

Polish champion drops Cannondale man on final climb in Siena, Alejandro Valverde third

by Simon_MacMichael   March 8, 2014  

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Michal Kwiatkowski of Omega Pharma-Quick Step has won the eighth edition of the Strade Bianche in Siena this afternoon, dropping Cannondale's Peter Sagan on the toughest part of the ascent of Via Santa Caterina in the final kilometre of the race. Movistar's Alejandro Valverde led a four-man chasing group across the line to clinch fourth.

Polish champion Kwiatkowski was the only rider who managed to react when Sagan launched his attack with a little more than 20km still to ride, just after the group they were in had bridged across to a six-man front group including Teal Sky's Ian Stannard and Cadel Evans of BMC Racing.

Movistar's Alejandro Valverde went off the front of the group in pursuit of the lead pair with around 10km left to ride, and was subesquently joined by Tinkoff-Saxo's Roman Kreuziger, former winner Fabian Cancellara of Trek Factory Racing, and Lampre-Merida's Damiano Cunego.

The quartet never looked like pulling Kwiatkowski and Sagan back, however. Sagan, second last year to his team mate Moreno Moser, let Kwiatkowski onto the final climb towards the line in Siena's Piazza del Campo, but had no response when the Pole made his race-winning move.

Clear skies meant that the riders didn’t have to contend with mud on the 10 sections of white gravelled roads that give the race its name. The flipside of that, however, was that dry conditions meant that dust was kicked up from the surface of those stretches, and on a twisting parcours strong winds also caused problems.

Four riders had got away early on in the 200km race from San Gimignano - Marco Frapporti of Androni Giocattoli, Baridani CSF's Marco Canola, Davide Frattini from UnitedHealthcare and Andrea Fedi of Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo.

Their break was over with a little under 50km left to ride, Angelo Pagani of Bardiani CSF going on the attack and taking a number of risks as he pushed himself hard, but he too would be brought back as Stannard forced the pace in the bunch.

 

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Awesome attack that

posted by shrinkinbggaz [117 posts]
8th March 2014 - 21:14

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Amazing the way he blew Sagan away. Made him look like he was pedalling squares.

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1110 posts]
8th March 2014 - 23:07

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His name's Kwiatkowski, not Kwiatowski.

posted by Meaulnes [37 posts]
9th March 2014 - 0:23

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A master class in choosing the moment to go made all the better that it was Sagan being taught the lesson.

posted by Jonny_Trousers [82 posts]
9th March 2014 - 0:50

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Strade Bianche is fast becoming one of my favourite one-day races. The racing is hard and fast, plenty of attacks and drama, and stunning scenery. We need more like this!

posted by s_lim [103 posts]
9th March 2014 - 12:32

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Superb. Half a dozen pedal strokes, and it was all over. Sagan's face was a picture.

Such a great event. Love it Smile

posted by andyp [850 posts]
9th March 2014 - 13:19

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s_lim wrote:
Strade Bianche is fast becoming one of my favourite one-day races. The racing is hard and fast, plenty of attacks and drama, and stunning scenery. We need more like this!

+1

posted by Super Domestique [1598 posts]
9th March 2014 - 20:49

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Fast .... ? 23mph or 36.9kmh .... first hour or two must have been slow because I can do that pace for a while (albeit may be not 5hr 20)

posted by veseunr [281 posts]
10th March 2014 - 15:30

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