Tech Gallery: Strade Bianche 2017

WorldTour peloton's bikes before and after the famous Tuscan sterrati

This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.com

Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) rode to his second victory in the 11th edition of the Strade Bianche on Sunday, the first time the race has had WorldTour status. The weather played its part in the day's proceedings, with several key riders crashing and 79 abandoning the race altogether.

Despite having 62km of the famous white gravel sections, the majority of the peloton rode with standard race bikes with the usual 25mm width tubular tyres. The eventual winner of the race, Michel Kwiatkowski, was the sole rider on the latest Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 series wheelset. The remainder of the peloton riding Shimano wheels used a mix of Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 C35 and C50 wheelsets.

Much of the Trek-Segafredo team were equipped with Shimano's Dura-Ace 9150 Di2 shifters and mechs for the race, although still equipped with 9000 series cranksets.

Nathan Haas (Dimension Data) rode into 31st place on the day despite destroying his rear derailleur in a sprint for the minor placings, but he grabbed vital WorldTour points and resorted to clinging onto an FDJ team car for the short trip back to the team buses. Haas' teammate Edvald Boasson Hagen rode the race on the new Cervelo R5, first seen at the Dubai Tour and with a 54T outer chainring despite the rolling Tuscan countryside.

Cannondale-Drapac's Alex Howes and Tom Skujins were the only riders on the day racing with disc brakes. Despite the recent controversy surrounding the mixed use in the peloton, the duo rode Cannondale SuperSix Evos equipped with 160mm disc rotors on the front and 140mm disc rotors on the rear.

Click or swipe through the gallery above to see theWorldTour peloton's bikes before and after the famous Tuscan sterrati.

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