While one delegation of the peloton is struggling on the roads of Paris-Nice, yesterday the Tirreno-Adriatico (UWT) started off its 46th edition with a race against the clock in the streets of Marina di Carrara. In total, the riders will complete 7 stages which have a total of 1,075 kilometers. The race is seen as an important preparation for Milan-San Remo.
Of the 20 teams (a total of 160 riders) that are competing in this year’s ‘corsa dei due mari’ Team Rabobank once again showed they acquired a good taste for victory. In Italy the Orange Brigade added their 14th victory to their already impressive record. After Robert Gesink showed the competition his strength during the time trial in the Tour of Oman, yesterday the Flying Dutchmen (in Italy represented by Robert Gesink, Lars Boom, Sebastian Langeveld, Rick Flens, Oscar Freire, Tom Leezer, Bram Tankink and Maarten Wijnants) surprised the world of cycling with the #1 spot in the first stage, a 16,8 kilometers team time trial. Since Boom was the first to cross the finish line, he will be wearing the first leader’s jersey.
Today (Carrara – Indicatore, 202km) and tomorrow (Terranuova Bracciolini – Perugia, 189 km), there will be two stages with chances for present sprinters such as Cavendish (THR), Boonen (QST), Hushovd & Farrar (GRM), Oscar Freire (RAB), Borut Bozic (VCD), Daniele Bennati (LEO) en Robbie McEwen (RSH). Unfortunatley, Andre Greipel (OLO) left the race due to his injury from his crash yesterday.
The 4th stage will be more difficult and one for the attackers. Towards the finish line, the riders will meet the final climb of the day, the Via Salomone where they will climb 1.0 kilometer to 12%. During the 5th stage, the riders will face the highest point of this year’s Tirreno-Adriatico: the Sasso Tetto (1,455 meters). From its top, it is still 85 kilometers over a hilly parcours to the finish. The 6th stage will be decided during the final climb of the Macerate. The riders will have to complete this though climb three times. Tuesday, the final finish line is waiting in San Benedetto del Tronto where the Tirreno-Adriatico will be concluded in an individual time trial.
During the rest of the race there will be livestreams and updates available via ProcyclingLive.
For more information on the race, visit the website Tirreno-Adriatico.