Anna van der Breggen wins Strade Bianche in heroic solo

Anna van der Breggen wins the 2018 Strade Bianche

Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ) started her 2018 race programme with a cagey victory in Strade Bianche . She and last year's winner Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5) attacked on the penultimate gravel sector, and when Longo Borghini dropped back due to a mechanical, Van der Breggen continued unabated. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) took up the chase, but it was too little too late, and the Pole finished as runner-up in Siena for the third time in a row. Longo Borghini rounded out the podium. After a week with snow and temperatures below zero, the temperatures climbed above the freezing point on race day. Just before the neutral start, the rain began to come down and didn't stop for the whole 136km race turning the eight sectors' 31.6km of white roads of Tuscany into a brownish mixture of gravel, slush and water. Mayuko Hagiwara (Alé-Cipollini), Sara Penton (Team Virtu ...

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