Following in dusty tracks left by Tadej Pogacar and Lotte Kopecky at the professional Strade Bianche races yesterday, a record 6000 amateur cyclists started Gran Fondo Strade Bianche in Siena, Italy on Sunday morning, taking off on a challenging 142 kilometre course through the beautiful hills around Siena.

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The 2022 edition offered 10 technical and demanding white gravel sectors covering 55 of the 142 kilometres, 22 gravel kilometres more than last year, before the final ascent to the finish back in Piazza del Campo.

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Luca Chiesa (4:02:41) was strongest on the final ascent into town to claim the men’s trophy, just ahead of Mattia De Marchi (4:02:48) and Tommaso Elettrico (4:03:09).

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The women’s race saw an overwhelming victory go to Sara Mazzorana (4:46:28) with almost a 10 minute gap on Silvia Visaggi (4:56:06) and 20 minutes on Federica Baldassatici (5:05:09.

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Complete Gran Fondo Strade Bianche results HERE.

PHOTOS: Gran Fondo Strade Bianche