The inaugural Women’s Strade Bianche took place over the weekend with the riders facing 103 kilometres, The riders faced five sectors of dirt roads, totalling 17 kilometres.
Megan Guarnier of Boels-Dolman won the race after a solo attack. Team mate Lizzie Armitstead was second with Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle Honda) taking third. The short steep climbs and strong winds combined with the gravel roads played havoc with the peloton, and the race split to bits.
It was the first of RCS’ races to be opened up to women, and if successful, other races that they organise may also be run.