RESULT: CYCLING – Strade Bianche 2016: Siena to Siena, 176km:-
1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek-Segafredo in 4-39-35
2. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx-QuickStep at same time
3. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx-QuickStep at 4 secs
4. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff at 13 secs
5. Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx-QuickStep at 34 secs
6. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing at 37 secs
7. Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 41 secs
8. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto-Soudal
9. Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky at same time
10. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 50 secs.
Fabian Cancellara (of Trek-Segafredo) won the 2016 edition of Strade Bianche in Italy on Saturday, out-pacing the defending champion Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-QuickStep) on the final climb.
Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx-QuickStep) placed third, with world champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) coming fourth.
After the start in Siena, the ‘’escape group’’ made up of Brambilla, Andriy Grivko (Astana), Brent Bookwalter (BMC), Maxime Monfort (Lotto-Soudal) and Salvatore Puccio (Sky) took hold of the race.
With about 35km to go, the lead four was slim but Sky and Astana riders set the pace of the chase group. The gap stays almost same till the final 25km with a 45-second lead.
With about 22km to go, Brambilla attacked, and was joined by Etixx-QuickStep team-mate Stybar, Cancellara and Sagan from the chase group. Despite being in the break for most of the day, Brambilla managed to stay with this trio of strongmen.
But in the final 10km there was no coordination between the leaders, with Cancellara gesticulating to the two Etixx riders to do some work. Also, the efforts of the chase group seemed to lack results, and the four front-riders fought till the end.
For this win, Cancellara will have a section of the race’s iconic white, gravel roads named after him in honour of his third victory in the race, having won in 2008 and 2012.