Strade Bianche is rapidly growing into one of my favorite races of the jaar. And as corny as this is gonna sound, it’s like a breath of fresh spring air. I love the classics, but the epic Belgian weather of epicness doesn’t always match the spring I experience here in the mid-Atlantic. The beautiful Tuscan back country is beautiful. Throw in some gravel, some hills, then that fuggin’ finish in Siena—CLASSIC.

Alright, LET’S GIF IT ON!!

Strade Bianche 2014—Crushed Dreams Served Hot & Fresh

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Very sweep. Such picturesque.

 

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Yeahhhh, #wouldbang.

 

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Straight ballin’.

 

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Apparently riding gravel on regular road bikes is hard. If only there was a terrain/event specific bicycle that could handle this challenge.

 

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Ciao! You take bottle from Cipo? No? NO?! TAKE THE F**KING BOTTLE, KID!!

 

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BEHOLD THE MULLET OF POWER.

 

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HI, MY NAME IS PETER AND I WILL BE ATTACKING YOU TODAY.

 

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Oh hey bro. You wanna go win a bike race? Michal Kwiatkowski closing gaaps.

 

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Even when Sagan’s pedaling squares he’s better than the rest of the field. Starting with third, of course.

 

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Siena!

 

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Golf claps voor suffering.

 

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Valverde, the UCI’s favorite thorn in their side, makes voor the attacking.

 

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Valverde’s totally rolling her… oh hey bro.

 

‘DAT SIENA FINISH THO (HTRWW™)

 

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Sagan looks back, checking the screen graphic to make sure his inevitable second place is secure.

 

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Almost all leader’s bibs in this inseguitori. Very class.

 

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This isn’t too ba—WAIT, SUCH STEEP!!

 

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Wait for it… Waaait for it…

 

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Sagan Froomes his stem so he doesn’t have to see any blood.

 

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Camera’s all, “Sagan responds to the atta… Wait, go with Michal!!”

 

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Seriously though, this attack—so awesome. Kwiatkowski serves a steaming plate of crushed dreams to a quickly distanced Sagan.

 

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First of many looks back from Michal, but the view never changes—no one’s there. Decisive moment is decisive.

 

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Overwinnings voor Michal Kwiatkowski.

 

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Donut worry Peter, you are still a badass.

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