Gerrans back in the saddle – for a short time

TUSCAN BEAUTY: The cyclists in the Strade Bianche tackle one of the unpaved sand road sections.

LOCAL cyclist Simon Gerrans resumed his cycling career at the weekend after a three-month layoff due to a broken collarbone sustained on Mt Buller.

His return race was the Strade Bianche (Italian for ‘white road’), a 200km race featuring 50km of unpaved sand road in 10 different sectors.

It crossed Tuscany, starting beneath the towers of San Gimignano and finished in the famous Piazza il Campo in Siena, the home of the Palio.

Unfortunately, Gerrans did not get to see the Piazza il Campo as he fell after 110km and sustained a fractured elbow.

“To be starting the season a bit later and having seen so much racing happen until this point in time, I was really keen to get among it,” Gerrans said.

“Everyone speaks really highly of the race, it’s an exciting parcour with the gravel sections and a lot of climbing so being my first go at Strade Bianche and my first race for the season I was really looking forward to both.”

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