The first week of March will bring us the first big battles of the ‘roosters’ on the roads in this 2023 in two scenarios in addition to a lot of prestige and with a lot of appeal for the spectator: the sterrato of the Strade Bianche and the always demanding Paris-Nicewhich is presented as a preview of what may be the next Tour de France with the duel between Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard.
Strade Bianche (March 4): The 184-kilometre sterrato classic, one of the races that has gained the most followers in recent years, will be presented as the first duel on the road in 2023 between Wout Van Aert and Mathieu Van der Poel, who will transfer their rivalry to the cyclocross on the sterrato of Tuscany, with 11 sections and a total of 63 kilometers of gravel, and the hard ramp of Santa Caterina before the arrival at Piazza del Campo in Siena. A Van Aert-Van der Poel duel in which other candidates for victory also appear, such as Tom Pidcock, Pello Bilbao, Aleksandr Vlasov, Matej Mohoric or Rubén Guerreiro among others.
That same day will also be played the Strade Bianche Women, of 136 kilometers, of which 31 will be on sterrato distributed in eight sectors. Cyclists of the stature of Annemiek Van Vleuten, Elisa Longo Borghini, Lotte Kopecky, Elisa Balsamo or Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio start as the main favorites to win in the Piazza del Campo in Siena.
Paris-Nice (5-12 March): The Carrera del Sol will bring us the first duel of the season between Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard in a race that will begin with a first stage in which the wind could break the race before the demanding final days near Nice. A Paris-Nice in which, in addition to Pogacar and Vingegaard, we will also be able to see Daniel Felipe Martínez, Arnaud de Lie, Mads Pedersen, Michael Matthews or Alexander Kristoff in action.
United Arab Emirates National Championships (February 25 – March 5)
Le Samyn male and female (February 28)
Jelajah Malaysia (28 February -2 March)
Laigueglia Trophy (March 1)
Men’s and women’s Umag Trophy (March 1)
Isfahan Tour (March 3)
Panama National Championships (March 3-5)
Craft Ster Van Zwolle (4 March)
Grand Prix Criquelion (4 March)
Le Tour des 100 Communes (4 March)
Visit South Aegean Islands (4-5 March)
Gold Trophy in Euro (5 March)
Male and female Porec Trophy (March 5)
Grand Prix de la Ville de Lilliers Souvenir Bruno Comini (March 5)
Grote Prijs Jean-Pierre Monseré (5 March)
New Zealand National Championships (1-5 March)
CAC African Track Championships (5-9 March)
Andalucía Bike Race (February 27 – March 4): One of the great stage races on the MTB calendar rolls through the mountains of Andalusia in an appointment that will host the great figures of mountain biking.
Greek MTB Series (March 1 and 2)
MTB Thailand Cup (March 1-2)
Luxliner Route 66 MTB Experience (2-5 March)
New Zealand National Championships (3-5 March)
Candeleda-Gredos International Grand Prix (March 4 and 5)
AusCycling MTB National Series (March 4 and 5)
XCO-XCC Argentine Open (March 4-5)
Greek MTB Series 6 (March 4-5)
International Chile Cup (4-5 March)
Portugal Cup XCO Melgaço International (4-5 March)
Puerto Rico MTB Cup (March 4-5)
Thailand National Championships (4-5 March)
Taça Brasil Cup Soul Sul Mineiro International (4-5 March)
Mountain bike Chabrieres (5 March)
Verona MTB International (March 5)
South African XCM National Championships (5 March)