RusVelo’s recent recce on the famous Tuscan sterrati stood them in good stead. The seventh edition of the classic Strade Bianche (a race which despite it’s recent inception, is becoming a monument) saw Artem Ovechkin join the main break of the day. Alongside,Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani-CSF), Giacomo Berlato and Daniele Colli (both Nippo-Vini Fantini), Giuseppe Fonzi (Southeast), David Lozano (Novo Nordisk), Julian Arredondo (Trek) and Ilia Koshevoy (Lampre-Merida), they gained a lead of nearly seven minutes in a break that lasted around 150 kms. Ovechkin gave RusVelo and Parentini some great TV coverage across the world, viewers being treated to the sight of the teams’ classic red and black kit. After the remnants of Ovechkin’s break were swallowed up just before the crucial steep Monte Sante Maria section, some of the big one day classic specialists came to the fore. Sagan, Cancellara, Valverde, Vanmarke and Van Avermaet were no match for Zdenek Stybar, the Czech champion storming up the finishing climb into the famous Via Santa Caterina in Siena.
With the tough wind, it was a real day for the strong men, but RusVelo did Parentini proud on their local roads, the race skirting Parentini’s head office. No doubt some great feedback will be on it’s way to the R&D team.