The long-awaited UCI WorldTour kicks off once again this weekend with riders returning to Tuscany for the 14th Strade Bianche and 6th Strade Bianche Women Elite.
Both races were postponed in March in response to the spread of Covid-19, but the top names in cycling are finally able to tackle the twisty, undulating route, starting and finishing in Siena, Italy, which is now an iconic stop on the UCI WorldTour.
Coming off the back of a long period of training, 2019 winners Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) and Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) will attempt to defend their titles in temperatures expected to reach 36 degrees centigrade.
The likes of 2018 winner Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans), 2011 winner Philippe Gilbert (Lotto Soudal)and Team Ineos’ Michał Kwiatkowski are set to join them. But with the Piazza del Campo currently closed to the public, the final stretch in particular will look a bit different for both cyclists and fans.
The high risk of excessive dust and those punchy climbs should make for an exciting watch from wherever you are. Plus the Strade Bianche should serve as a taster for what’s hopefully to come from this year’s revised UCI WorldTour calendar.
More good news is that the Strade Bianche will be aired live across a range of broadcasters and available to stream, with an hour of the Strade Bianche Women’s Elite scheduled to precede the men’s coverage on FloBikes.
So, if you’re wondering how to watch the races, here’s how…
How to watch Strade Bianche in the UK
A subscription to the Eurosport player will enable you to watch the Strade Bianche live. A monthly pass will cost you £6.99 or you can get a full annual pass for £39 / £4.99 a month.
Coverage of starts at 12:45 BST.
How to watch Strade Bianche in the US
If you’re based in the US or Canada, FloBikes will be airing the Strade Bianche with plans starting from $12.50 per month for the FloBikes Cycling Pass.
Both the women’s and men’s race will be broadcast on FloBikes.
FuboTV has a number of races on its schedule too, including Strade Bianche.
The Strade Bianche Men’s Elite Race will be available to watch through fuboTV on the 1 August, with the fubo Cycling Pass. You don’t need a monthly subscription if you only want the Cycling Pass.
For the one-off cost of $119.99 you’ll also get access to live coverage of the top UCI WorldTour and UCI European Tour road races such as the Giro d’Italia and Milan San Remo.