Team SD Worx has ruled the Strade Bianche in recent years. No fewer than five times, the team had already won the Italian gravel race (2015, 2016, 2018, 2021 and 2022). With outgoing winner Lotte Kopecky and Demi Vollering, the Dutch team also had two top favourites for this edition.
Team SD Worx opted for control, where Kristen Faulkner set up a nice breakaway with a lead that increased to 1'45". On the Strada di Colle Pinzuto, Demi Vollering unleashed her devils. "The race plan was executed perfectly. At 18 kilometres from the end, Demi would attack and Lotte Kopecky would control," Danny Stam said. "At the last 'sterrato', we would then evaluate whether Lotte would jump as well. That was necessary to catch Faulkner back."