Philippe Gilbert has begun the season the same way he ended it last year with a dominant performance in one of the years premium one-day classics. The Italian roads are kind to Gilbert, who won in dominating fashion in last years Tour of Lombardy. Today, Gilbert took control of the race leading to a 20 man break and from there the group worked together to get all the advantage they needed.
Once in the windy tight streets of Sienna, the race got very nervous and Alessandro Ballan launched an attack that Gilbert waited on until 250m when he unleashed a massive burst on the inside. From there it was all Gilbert as he powered away from a cautious Ballan and a tenacious Cunego, the later who held on for third.
Strade Bianche Top Fifteen:
1 Philippe Gilbert (Lotto)_________4.44‘26
2 Alessandro Ballan (BMC)________s.t.
3 Damiano Cunego (Lampre)______s.t.
4 Jure Kocjan (Team Type 1)_____s.t.
5 Fabian Cancellara (Leopard)_____s.t.
6 Angel Vicioso (Androni)_________s.t.
7 Oscar Gatto (Farnese Vini)______s.t.
8 Giovanni Visconti (Farnese Vini)__s.t.
9 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)______s.t.
10 Fabian Wegmann (Leopard)____s.t.
11 Michael Albasini (HTC)________s.t.
12 Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin)_______s.t.
13 David De La Fuente (Geox) ____s.t.
14 David Gutierrez (Goex)________s.t.
15 George Hincapie (BMC)________s.t.