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by Shane Stokes
March 3, 2018
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World champion Peter Sagan will be one of the most-watched riders in Saturday’s Strade Bianche, something that is due to his ability, his past results and his highly-distinctive rainbow jersey. However he said on Friday that he wasn’t sure what to expect from himself.
“I don’t know what will happen tomorrow but I don’t think the weather will be good,” he said, speaking about the freezing cold conditions and the snow in the region. “I’ve been training at altitude, so right now it’s difficult to understand how I’m going – I’ll probably need a few races, and I hope I don’t get ill like last year.
“The race strategy is difficult to work out so you have to decide during the race as the weather conditions are the same for everyone. There are about 200 riders and so 2000 different stories to be told during the race.”
Elisa Longo Borghini will be one of the standout names in the women’s race, not least because she is the defending champion. She too suggested that she is yet to reach top form. “I’m happy to be here because I won last year so it’s an honour to race on these roads again,” she said. “I’m not at my best yet but it’d be nice to win another RCS organized race. “For sure, the weather will be a factor: the temperatures will be low for our 9am start and there are a lot of strong teams here.”
Also defending the 2017 title is the men’s winner Michal Kwiatkowski. “There’s a little pressure for that reason,” he said, “but I’ve had a great winter in preparation and also done two stage races. I had some wonderful racing in the Algarve and a wonderful period over the last two weeks coming in to Strade Bianche.”