Strade Bianche will take place on Saturday 1 August and the Italian one day classic will also signify the restart of the 2020 UCI World Tour cycling calendar.
After a successful two-week team training camp in Lucca, Italy, NTT Pro Cycling heads just over 100 kilometers south-east, within the Tuscan province of Italy, toward the white sandy roads around Siena.
The 2020 edition of Strade Bianche takes place over its familiar 184km route, including just over 60km on the famous white gravel roads synonymous with the region. It will also be the first UCI World Tour event since racing was put on hold after Paris-Nice in March, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
One of the most unpredictable races generally, teams now also have to factor in the change from early Spring to the height of Summer and a peloton that has not raced in over 4 months.
“Strade is a tricky race as everyone knows. This year it’s even more special. Nobody really knows where they are standing. The parcours is super technical and nobody is used to riding in the peloton at the moment. Then the heat is a big factor as well. I think we will see a crazy race with a lot of drama. A key part of the race will be to try avoid as much of the chaos as possible and arrive as fresh as possible to the finale. We have a strong team here and we hope to make a great result at the first World Tour race back after the break. ”Michael Gogl – NTT Pro Cycling
NTT Pro Cycling’s lineup will include classic specialists Michael Gogl, Michael Valgren and Edvald Boasson Hagen with the our trio being supported by Roman Kreuziger, Samuele Battistella, Rasmus Tiller and Matteo Sobrero.
One rider who might be more excited than many on Saturday is our Italian neo-pro, Matteo Sobrero. The young Italian will get his first taste of World Tour racing at Strade Bianche and despite winning the u23 version of Strade Bianche di Romagna last year, is under no illusions as to what awaits on Saturday.
“I may have won Strade Bianche di Romagna but Saturday will be like a whole different world. All I can say is I love this kind of racing on the gravel but to restart the season here, on the white roads at World Tour level, is gonna be really hard. Also it is really warm and this can make a big difference in the race. Anyway, I’m just really happy to finally be back racing and I’m ready to give everything to help the team and I hope to bring home some valuable experience from this race.”Matteo Sobrero – NTT Pro Cycling