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Monday, March 9, 2015

Megan Guarnier takes the first-ever edition of the Women’s Strade Bianche

Megan Guarnier (USA – Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) won the first-ever edition of the Women’s Strade Bianche ahead of her teammate Lizzie Armitstead (GBR) and Elisa Longo Borghini (ITA - Wiggle Honda). With 15km to go, the 2012 US road Champion rode away from the lead group to take one of the most prestigious victories of her career.

Launched in 2007 for men, the Strade Bianche also called the “small Paris-Roubaix Tuscan” has become a major race in the Pro scene.

Instead of cobbled sectors, the Strade Bianche has white gravel roads from which the race draws its name.

The Women’s Strade Bianche covered 103km from San Gimignano to the scenic city of Siena including 17km of dirt/ gravel roads spread across five sectors.

Romy Kasper, Katarzyna Pawlowska, Megan Guarnier, Christine Majerus, Elizabeth Armitstead (Photo: Balint Hamvas, CyclePhotos)

 

Since the start of the season Boels Dolmans Cycling Team already counts 6 victories and several podium places:

  • Ladies Tour of Qatar – Stage 2: Ellen van Dijk (NED) 1st & Lizzie Armitstead (GBR) 3rd
  • Ladies Tour of Qatar – Stage 3: Lizzie Armitstead (GBR) 1st
  • Ladies Tour of Qatar – Stage 4: Lizzie Armitstead (GBR) 1st
  • Ladies Tour of Qatar – Overall: Lizzie Armitstead (GBR) 1st  
  • Le Samyn des Dames: Chantal Blaak (NED) 1st
  • Women’s Strade Bianche: Megan Guarnier (USA) 1st & Lizzie Armitstead (GBR) 2nd
  • Omloop het Nieuwsblad: Lizzie Armitstead (GBR) 2nd & Ellen van Dijk (NED) 3rd

Megan and her winning bike - Specialized Amira equipped with SRAM RED 22, Quarq RED 22 power meter, Zipp 303 Firecrest wheels and Zipp bar, stem and seatpost

Five dirt/ gravel road sectors - 17km in total (Photo: Balint Hamvas, CyclePhotos)

Megan riding away from the lead group... (Photo: BrakeThrough Media)

Before the gravel roads... (Photo: BrakeThrough Media)

Happy duo on the podium (Photo: Balint Hamvas, CyclePhotos)

Lizzie Armitstead and Megan Guarnier working together (Photo: Balint Hamvas, CyclePhotos)

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