01 March 2018
AT THE STRADE BIANCHE WITH BIG AMBITIONS
The Women’s World Tour 2018 will officially begin on Saturday, 3rd March in Siena. The Strade Bianche Women Elite is going to test the qualities of all the athletes who will take part along the 136 kms and the eight “White roads” of the Women race.
The Team Alè - Cipollini arrives in Tuscany with already four victories since the begin of the season (the double by Chloe Hosking in Australia, the stage win by Marta Bastianelli at the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana last saturday and Janneke Ensing at the GP Le Samyn des Dames in Belgium last Tuesday) and one gained position in the UCI World Ranking.
The Team Manager Fortunato Lacquaniti, with the Sports Director Gulnara Fatkullina, selected the following six athletes for the first Women’s World Tour race of the year: Marta Bastianelli, Anna Trevisi and Soraya Paladin from Italy, Janneke Ensing and Karlijn Swinkels from the Netherlands and Mayuko Hagiwara from Japan. The ladies and the full staff will test the race route on Friday morning, with the surrounding winter landscapes and the snow that fell in the last hours.
“We start the Women’s World Tour with a lot of enthusiasm for the big wins we obtained in the last two months. The most important results are our goal.” - declared Fortunato Lacquaniti.
THE LINE-UP OF THE STRADE BIANCHE WOMEN ELITE (UCI W.W.T - 3rd MARCH 2018):
Marta BASTIANELLI (Italy)
Janneke ENSING (Netherlands)
Karlijn SWINKELS (Netherlands)
Anna TREVISI (Italy)
Soraya PALADIN (Italy)
Mayuko HAGIWARA (Japan)
TEAM MANAGER: Fortunato LACQUANITI (Italy)
SPORTS DIRECTOR: Gulnara FATKULLINA (Russia)