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by Mark Zalewski
December 1, 2016
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The Strade Bianche will makes its WorldTour debut next year with the addition of two sections of gravel road. Race organiser RCS Sport unveiled both the men’s and women’s route on Wednesday.
Both races begin and end in the Tuscan city of Siena, with the finish in the Piazza del Campo coming after passing the Fontebranda Gate and the short but steep climb of the Via Santa Caterina and its 16% grades.
The men’s race will feature 11 sections of gravel road for a total of 61.9 kilometres out of the 175 kilometre total. The 11.5 kilometre gravel sector at Monte Sante Marie, deemed the toughest by the organisers, has been named in honour of Fabian Cancellara, who won a record-setting third victory in this year’s edition.
The last 25km features three key gravel sections, with the last containing the 18% climb of Le Tolfe at only 12 kilometres to the finish.
The women’s race is 127 kilometres long and includes 30 kilometres of gravel across eight sectors that are also included in the men’s race. The longest sector is the 9.5 kilometre hilly road of San Martino in Grania.
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