05 Mar Top 15 riders to watch at Strade Bianche (1.WWT)
US national champion, bronze medal at the World Championships in Richmond, third at the Giro Rosa and winner of the previous edition of this race, Megan Guarnier is one of the top favourites. Megan has developed an especial “love-performance delivering relationship” with Italy through these past years by not only winning previous Strade Bianche edition but also by being a key show-maker at the past two editions of Giro Rosa.
The reigning World, Commonwealth and National road race champion and twice winner of the UCI Women’s Road World Cup, winning the overall competition in 2014 and the final edition in 2015 is one of the top contenders of the first UCI WWT event ever. The 27-year old British rider rode away from her rivals to win the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last Saturday proving herself to be in a good form and ready for both the UCI WWT and spring classics season openings.
The 21-year-old Polish rider Kasia Niewiadoma enters her third year as a professionall cyclist in 2016. Overall Bira winner and a regular winner of the “best young rider” classifications, is one of the riders to watch for this race. The lightweight Polish climber will try to improve her remarkable sixth place last year.
Our only Spanish representative at the first UCI WWT event will be Sheyla Gutiérrez. The 22-year-old Spanish rider, which has accumulated this season fourteen days of competition between the Spanish team and the US team Cylance Pro Cycling, will see her work rewarded with a historical presence at the first event of the newly created UCI WWT. Sheyla is mainly playing a supportive role within her new team, but we have witnessed during the past years both how talent gifted she is and how hard she works to get her cycling career to the highest level. In fact her last season Grand Prix de Plumelec victory broke a seven-years-drought for Spanish female cycling,