The 2022 Strade Bianche – the 16th edition of one of the most prestigious one-day event on the cycling calendar – gets going this morning. A top-tier line-up of riders is set to tackle the picturesque dusty white gravel tracks of the Tuscan countryside once more. Read on as we explain how to get a 2022 Strade Bianche live stream online and on TV, and watch the UCI cycling online wherever you are.
Date: Saturday, March 5
Women's race start time: 9.15pm CET / 8.15am GMT / 3.15am ET / 12.15am PT / 7.15pm AEDT
Men's race start time: 11.45pm CET / 10.45pm GMT / 6.45am ET / 3.45am PT / 10.45pm AEDT
Free live stream: Rai (opens in new tab) (FREE in Italy) | Sporza (opens in new tab) (FREE in Belgium) | L'Equipe TV (opens in new tab) (FREE in France)
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Live stream: Eurosport Player (UK) | GCN+ (US, Canada, AUS)
Last year's winner, Van der Poel, won't be back to defend his crown with the Dutch star still recovering from a back injury. Wout van Aert, 2020's victory, is also an absentee, making 2019 champ Julian Alaphilippe (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) and Ineos Grenadiers' Tom Pidcock marked out as this years favorites. Last year's women's edition winner was Chantal van den Broek-Blaak. She leads the favorites list with SD Worx dup Demi Vollering and Lotte Kopecky.
The men's and women's races once again start and finish in Siena, though the men's route covers 184km, compared to 134km for the women's race. Tuscany's unmistakable dusty white roads are the centre-piece of both races, with the women set to ride over more than 30km of gravel across eight sectors, and the men roughly 63km of gravel across 11 sectors.
Don't miss a moment of the action today - follow our guide as we explain how to watch a Strade Bianche live stream and enjoy the UCI World Tour cycling wherever you are.
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How to watch a FREE Strade Bianche live stream online
Anyone in Italy can watch a FREE Strade Bianche live stream on Rai (opens in new tab), while cycling fans in Belgium can tune in for free on Sporza (opens in new tab), and those in France can get the race on L'Equipe (opens in new tab) without paying a cent.
The obvious catch for many folk will be that the commentary will either be in Italian, Dutch or French. If that's an issue, the good news is that there's plenty of other coverage around the world, including in English.
If you're a resident of Italy, Belgium or France and you're abroad right now, don't worry about missing the action - all you need to do is download a VPN (opens in new tab) to re-connect to your home streaming coverage.
How to watch Strade Bianche 2022 from outside your country
If you're desperate to watch the Strade Bianche but you're away from home and the coverage is geo-blocked, then you could always use a VPN to access it (assuming you're not breaching any broadcaster T&Cs, of course). You may be surprised how simple it is to do.
Use a VPN to get a Strade Bianche live stream from anywhere
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Once you've downloaded the software, just follow the prompts to install it then select the location you want to relocate your IP address to - it really is that easy.
2022 Strade Bianche live stream: how to watch online in the UK
For UK residents, Eurosport Player has you covered for live Strade Bianche coverage.
The streaming service is affordable, at just £6.99 a month or £39.99 for the year, and it's compatible with a wide array of devices and platforms.
Another option is the GCN+ Race Pass, which also costs £39.99 for a year, but the caveat is that it's mobile-only.
The women's race begins at 8.15am GMT, while the men get underway at 10.45pm.
And remember, to watch your home coverage from abroad, you can always use a VPN (opens in new tab), log back in to a server in your country and watch as if you were there.
How to watch the Strade Bianche 2022: live stream cycling in Australia
You can tune into the Strade Bianche Down Under with a GCN+ Race Pass, which costs AU$65 annually.
The women's race begins at 7.15pm AEDT on Saturday night, with the men following at 10.45pm AEDT.
If you're not currently in Oz, you can download a VPN (opens in new tab) to tune into your home coverage of the race from anywhere.
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How to watch Strade Bianche 2022: US cycling live stream details
US-based cycling fans can live stream the Strade Bianche with a GCN+ Race Pass, which costs $8.99/month or $49.99 annually.
It's an early start in the US, with the women's race set to begin at 3.15am ET / 12.15am PT, while the men get underway at 6.45am ET / 3.45am PT.
And if you're currently out of the US but still want to watch the race, then don't forget to explore the VPN route (opens in new tab) set out above.
How to watch the 2022 Strade Bianche: live stream cycling in Canada
It's the same story across the. border, with Canadians also able to tune into the Strade Bianche live via GCN+ Race Pass (opens in new tab), which costs $8.99/month or $49.99 annually.
As in the US, be prepared for an early start, with the women's race set to begin at 3.15am ET / 12.15am PT and the men getting underway at 6.45am ET / 3.45am PT.
Not in Canada to catch that GCN+ stream? Well you know the answer by now... using a VPN (opens in new tab) is the way to make sure you don't miss a moment.