Taking its name from the famed white roads that make up its parcours, Strade Bianche (4 March) is a favourite among fans and riders alike.
This year also sees the race step up to the mantle of WorldTour event as part of an extended calendar. A day later the Gran Fondo will see the public tackle the same roads in their thousands on vintage bikes.
An instant classic - while this year sees only the 11th edition of the race, it already carries the prestige of a far older event. Formerly known as Monte Paschi Eroica, it's a race all Classics riders want on their palmares. Due to the tough, undulating and punchy course this is also a Classic, much like Milan-San Remo, that Grand Tour contenders can get in on the action.