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Title: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: Mellow Velo on March 12, 2019, 08:50
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13th-19th March 2019

The 2019 Tirreno-Adriatico NamedSport is set to be a different Race of the Two Seas, thanks to the new course featuring ‘walls’, the traditional punchy climbs of Central Italy. Like last year, the seven-stage race has attracted many great cycling aces on the provisional entry list, announced today. The race, organised by RCS Sport / La Gazzetta dello Sport, runs from 13 to 19 March.

(http://www.steephill.tv/2019/tirreno-adriatico/TA2019_gen_plan.jpg)

 The ‘walls’ will open the potential for a final GC victory to different styles of riders beyond the traditional GC contenders. Unchanged from the previous editions are the two Time Trials, the opening one for Teams and the final one for Individuals, plus there will be two sprint stages.

Stage 1:    Wednesday, 13th March.    Lido di Camaiore    21.5kms    TTT
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The traditional team time trial on the Tyrrhenian coast kicks off the Tirreno-Adriatico. At 21.5 kilometres, the route is a copy of last year's race. Expect high speeds as the course is fast and flat.
The last three Lido di Camaiore TTT’s were all won by BMC, so the race will definitely see a new winner on the first day of action.

Stage 2:    Thursday 14th March   Camaiore – Pomarance    195kms    hills
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 The 2nd stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico is a hilly race of 195 kilometres to Pomarance. Zdenek Stybar and Geraint Thomas are previous victors in Pomerance, respectively in 2016 and 2017.
 The finale is a copy of two years ago, which means the race concludes with a moderate climb of 12 kilometres. The uphill begins with a section at 4.5% before an intermediate false flat continues to the last 2 kilometres at 4.7%.
(http://static2.tirrenoadriatico.it/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/T02_Pomarance_ukm_jpg.jpg)

Stage 3:    Friday 15th March    Pomarance – Foligno    226kms    flat
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 The 3rd stage in the Tirreno-Adriatico is far from flat, but chances are the race will come down to a sprint anyway. The route amounts to 226 kilometres.
 It is the fourth time that Foligno hosts the arrival of a stage in the Tirreno-Adriatico. The last occasion was in 2016, when Stephen Cummings powered to victory with a late attack.

Stage 4:    Saturday 16th March    Foligno – Fossombrone    221kms    hills
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At 221 kilometres, the 4th stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico is a war of attrition. Running from Foligno to Fossombrone, the route is marked by steep climbs on narrow roads. Think Liège-Bastogne-Liège in Italy.
The race is emblematic for the 2019 edition of the Tirreno-Adriatico. No long climbs, instead the route is dotted with short and sharp ascents making it a tough stage indeed. Possibly the hardest of this edition.
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With almost 20 kilometres remaining the riders enter a circuit around Fossombrone, which is raced twice. It includes a double pass over the Muro dei Cappuccini, a double digit climb with its crest 5.6 kilometres before the line in Fossombrone. The finale is a flying descent.
(https://cdn.cyclingstage.com/images/tirreno-adriatico/2019/stage-4-cappuccini.jpg)

Stage 5:    Sunday March 17th    Colli al Metauro – Recanati    180kms    hills
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The 5th stage brings another hilly day in the Tirreno-Adriatico. The 180 kilometres route leads from Colli al Metauro to an uphill finish in Recanati. The climb to the line kicks up at 19%. The last 85 kilometres feature nine consecutive climbs. Following the first passage on the line the riders face three more laps of 22.8 kilometres. The route drops down to the first ascent, which is crested 7 kilometres before the kick up to the finish line.
(http://static2.tirrenoadriatico.it/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/T05_Recanati_ukm_jpg.jpg)
The climb to the line is especially demanding with ramps up to 19%. The first half slopes at 10.8% before it levels out to 3.3% in the second half. The length of the ‘Wall of Recanati’ is 3.6 kilometres.

Stage 6:    Monday 18th March    Matelica – Jesi    195kms    flat
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At 195 kilometres, the 6th stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico runs from Matelica to Jesi. Although the first half is rather bumpy the race is likely to see a fast finishers showdown. The finale is a 12.6 kilometres circuit around Jesi, which is covered three times.

Stage 7:    Tuesday 19th March    San Benedetto del Tronto    10kms    ITT
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 The last stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico is the traditional ITT up and down the flat Adriatic seafront. The route in San Benedetto del Tronto is 10.05 kilometres long.
The Tirreno-Adriatico’s last stage represents a longstanding tradition. The race ends in San Benedetto del Tronto for the 53rd time in 54 editions. In last two editions, Rohan Dennis powered to victory in San Benedetto del Tronto. Michal Kwiatkowski finished in twelfth to seal the deal and lift the winner’s Trident trophy.

5 teams have received a wildcard invitation to join this World Tour race.

 Cofidis #cofidis
 Bardiani CSF #bardiani
 Gazprom - Rusvelo #gazprom
 Israel Cycling Academy #academy
 Neri Sittoli #neri

Favourites 2019 Tirreno-Adriatico

:*:*:*:*:*  Primoz Roglic, Tom Dumoulin, Julian Alaphilippe
:*:*:*:* Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet, Tim Wellens, Wout Poels
:*:*:*  Alexey Lutsenko, Rohan Dennis, Adam Yates
:*:* Geraint Thomas, Vincenzo Nibali, Jakob Fugsang
:* Gianni Moscon, Thibaut Pinot, Sam Oomen
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: Flo on March 12, 2019, 10:33
Interesting parcours, without any big climbs.
Roglic should be the favorite regardless but I am watching Fuglsang as well
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: search on March 12, 2019, 14:08
Stage 1:    Wednesday, 13th March.    Lido di Camaiore    21.5kms    TTT
(http://static2.tirrenoadriatico.it/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/T01_LidoCamaiore_alt_jpg.jpg)

The traditional team time trial on the Tyrrhenian coast kicks off the Tirreno-Adriatico. At 21.5 kilometres, the route is a copy of last year's race. Expect high speeds as the course is fast and flat.
The last three Lido di Camaiore TTT’s were all won by BMC, so the race will definitely see a new winner on the first day of action.

looks like the the draw for the starting order will be more interesting for the teams than usual ;)

(https://i.imgur.com/siruGCI.png)

First team off the start at 13:45, last one at 15:30. There are not many corners, but it still could mean quite a difference in terms of road conditions.
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: search on March 12, 2019, 17:30
most of the favourites were relatively lucky

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~pdf Ordine di Partenza Squadre (https://gallery.mailchimp.com/823d3a40b51c82f60f316baa5/files/683da948-51f0-4f7d-aaaa-5778d7039a93/OrdinePartenza_cronosquadre.pdf)
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: Mellow Velo on March 13, 2019, 18:02
 I guess it falls to me to fill in how the day's events unfolded.
Well, the race began under leaden skies, over damp roads and it turned out to be a trial in more than the intended sense.
 It's hard to describe the surreal nature of what happened next and they do say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so....

https://twitter.com/inrng/status/1105821721146343426

 Anyhow, the early leaders EF were soon surpassed by those perennial winners, Deceuninck - Quick Step and they held the lead for quite a while, until pre-stage favourites, Team Jumbo-Visma knocked their time out of the park.
They look odds on to win, as various teams came home well outside their time, until there was a single team left to finish, Mitchelton-Scott. Adam Yates's team of big boy roulers were ahead of the Roglic lead Jumbo all along the course.
However, the fat lady hadn't yet sung and within the final km a thin lady arrived, almost to steal her Aussie backing band.
 Again, switching to pictures.

https://twitter.com/P_Knott/status/1105849653470343169

Where these double whammy incidents leave the organizers and the marshaling/policing, I know not, bearing in mind how a couple of years ago, a similar incident, again involving Sagan, occurred on their other, "wide open" ITT course.
 Enough said for now, so onto the stage results.




 Footnote: One rider was OTT and unfortunately, it was the guy who has had so many team issues: Nacer Bouhanni.
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: search on March 13, 2019, 18:19
there was a single team left to finish, Mitchelton-Scott. Adam Yates's team of big boy roulers were ahead of the Roglic lead Jumbo all along the course.

...with Hepburn taking the #blue leader's jersey

or as other people may say:

(https://i.imgur.com/21UFivl.png)

 :dizzy

In the end, the conditions did have an influence by the way (mainly for the first teams, running on very wet roads) but not really in regards to the result at the top, I think.

The split times show some of the early starters up there on the table though, so I guess when the rain stopped, there also was a slight change of wind direction.

TEAM INT INT -> FIN FIN
1      #mitchelton   MITCHELTON - SCOTT       11:02 (2.)      <- 11:23 (1.) ->      22:25
2      #jumbo   TEAM JUMBO - VISMA       11:08 (3.)      <- 11:24 (2.) ->      22:32
3      #sunweb   TEAM SUNWEB       11:14 (4.)      <- 11:33 (3.) ->      22:47
4      #quickstep   DECEUNINCK-QUICK-STEP       11:00 (1.)      <- 12:02 (9.) ->      23:02
5      #sky   TEAM SKY       11:24 (8.)      <- 11:48 (4.) ->      23:12
6      #lotto   LOTTO SOUDAL       11:24 (10.)      <- 11:55 (6.) ->      23:19
7      #ef   EF EDUCATION FIRST       11:22 (7.)      <- 11:59 (8.) ->      23:21
8      #fdj   GROUPAMA - FDJ       11:15 (5.)      <- 12:08 (12.) ->      23:23
9      #academy   ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY       11:38 (14.)      <- 11:52 (5.) ->      23:30
10      #bahrain   BAHRAIN - MERIDA       11:24 (9.)      <- 12:11 (13.) ->      23:35
11      #ccc   CCC TEAM       11:34 (13.)      <- 12:03 (10.) ->      23:37
12      #trek   TREK - SEGAFREDO       11:41 (15.)      <- 11:57 (7.) ->      23:38
13      #astana   ASTANA PRO TEAM       11:25 (11.)      <- 12:13 (15.) ->      23:38
14      #uae   UAE TEAM EMIRATES       11:25 (12.)      <- 12:19 (18.) ->      23:44
15      #movistar   MOVISTAR TEAM       11:20 (6.)      <- 12:37 (22.) ->      23:57
16      #dimension   TEAM DIMENSION DATA       11:55 (19.)      <- 12:04 (11.) ->      23:59
17      #katusha   TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN       11:51 (18.)      <- 12:12 (14.) ->      24:03
18      #gazprom   GAZPROM - RUSVELO       11:46 (17.)      <- 12:19 (17.) ->      24:05
19      #cofidis   COFIDIS SOLUTIONS CREDITS       11:44 (16.)      <- 12:35 (21.) ->      24:19
20      #bora   BORA - HANSGROHE       11:57 (20.)      <- 12:25 (19.) ->      24:22
21      #ag2r   AG2R LA MONDIALE       12:12 (22.)      <- 12:14 (16.) ->      24:26
22      #neri   NERI SOTTOLI SELLE ITALIA KTM       12:03 (21.)      <- 12:32 (20.) ->      24:35
23      #bardiani   BARDIANI CSF       12:13 (23.)      <- 12:53 (23.) ->      25:06

Especially as late startes like Lotto, Cycling Academy or Trek pretty much jumped up the ranking in the 2nd part.

But as it basically was just a "one way down the road, turn around, come back" kind of course anyway, it probably didn't have a major influence.
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: search on March 13, 2019, 20:04
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:froomepup
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: t-72 on March 14, 2019, 06:44
I know there are some riders that prefer the Tirreno- Adriático because of RCS generally offering better hotels than the ASO-hosted races, but how much sloppy safety work are they really willing to tolerate?

Urban TT courses should be fenced off, because the cyclists come at much higher speed than the cars that travel the street every day. This is hard for people who walk there several times every day to adjust to. Saw that here during the worlds, the cyclists arrive like in a flash and people just fail to adjust to the fact. On one particular dangerous spots they put fences all the way, to make sure only official crossing points were used, guards on both sides of the street and ropes for them to control acces to the crossing.

Personal experience from that location, a group of cyclists at 60-80 km/h (just after downhill) is extremely fast in a street where cars rarely go faster than 30 km/h. Even waiting in line, that was quite scary. Fences + controlled crossings are a must at these speeds in urban areas - where you must expect someone to be there on other business while the race is on..
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: search on March 14, 2019, 07:42
Footnote: One rider was OTT and unfortunately, it was the guy who has had so many team issues: Nacer Bouhanni.

and of course, #cofidis Roberto Damiani was not happy about it...

"It's even more incomprehensible because when we came to recognize the course with the chrono bikes, everything was going well. Nacer was eager to compete with Viviani and Gaviria, and then, today (yesterday), he did two stints at the front, and just dropped. When I went to tell him, 'Attention, the time cut is very short in this kind of exercise', he told me not to worry ... "

#fdj Pinot said the weather had a major influence for them, by the way. While they had to approach corners at 35 kph in the wet, Jumbo or Mitchelton could do them at 60 kph in the dry, and with less wind. He recons it cost them somethiong around 20-25 seconds.
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: Mellow Velo on March 14, 2019, 17:51
 The day’s breakaway, which formed in the opening 20km, consisted of Natnael Berhane (Cofidis), Stepan Kurianov (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Sebastian Schönberger (Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia), Mirco Maestri (Bardiani-CSF) and Markel Irizar (Trek-Segafredo).
 The action was sparse until the 20km mark, when Deceuninck – Quick-Step hit the front and started to drive the pace on a descent, causing a momentarily split in the peloton.
 Peter Sagan was dropped early on and rode home with battered team mate Rafal Majka, in the bus. At least they fared better than Sky's Gianni Moscon, who was forced through sickness to abandon.

The road ramped up to 16 per cent at the 8km mark, sparking Mitchelton-Scott into action as they drove up the pace to test their rivals.
Daniel Oss was the first launch an attack 5.9km from the finish, holding a slim advantage for less than a kilometre before being swept up by the driving peloton.

 The attacks finally split the peloton, as a small, elite group formed at the head of the race. Inevitably, the GC contenders failed to cooperate and were caught with just over a km to go, leaving Alaphillippe and Van Avermaet to contest the uphill sprint.

Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: LukasCPH on March 14, 2019, 19:44
Peter Sagan was dropped early on and rode home with battered team mate Rafal Majka, in the bus. At least they fared better than Sky's Gianni Moscon, who was forced through sickness to abandon.
Sagan had a puncture at 22 km to go, though. He may well be at the front again tomorrow, and maybe even on the weekend, stage-hunting.
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: search on March 14, 2019, 20:08
Sagan had a puncture at 22 km to go, though. He may well be at the front again tomorrow, and maybe even on the weekend, stage-hunting.

don't know. He said he was sick all week, and having seen him on the bike today, that actually could be the truth this time.
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: Mellow Velo on March 14, 2019, 20:30
Sagan had a puncture at 22 km to go, though. He may well be at the front again tomorrow, and maybe even on the weekend, stage-hunting.


don't know. He said he was sick all week, and having seen him on the bike today, that actually could be the truth this time.

Yeah, I think the clue here is at 22kms to go.
But I do expect him to turn up at some point. If not tomorrow, then on stage 6.
Not sure he will be fit enough for those weekend ramps.
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: search on March 15, 2019, 06:39
Sagan would need to be in uber shape to be competitive on those ones, can't really see that happen.

Although he does come with his climbing weight, yesterday he said that due to his diarrhea he lost 4kg in a week ;)
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: Mellow Velo on March 15, 2019, 22:00
A completely forgettable stage, but for the fact that Sagan decided to get in the mix and split the Viviani/Gaviria battle.
One GC casualty of the day: Tiesj Benoot, caught behind a second split, shipped 34 seconds and 14 places

Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: search on March 16, 2019, 07:12
time for the (new) Muro di Cappuccini today :)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DuUPxzCWkAAtani.jpg:large)

the surface seems to be fairly rough...

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JZcISCJqtQY/XILEVTzJOoI/AAAAAAAAXV0/1ohABOGGUfQsBASOmk0pJQutTyw_oc0wQCLcBGAs/s1600/cappuccini%2B5.jpg)

...and there are 10 hairpins over those 1.8k :cool



also the descent is fairly technical, but probably a bit too short for #bahrain Mohoric to make up the time he loses on the climb ;). Or will he attack it the first time round?!
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: M Gee on March 17, 2019, 00:51
time for the (new) Muro di Cappuccini today :)

 . . .

the surface seems to be fairly rough...

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JZcISCJqtQY/XILEVTzJOoI/AAAAAAAAXV0/1ohABOGGUfQsBASOmk0pJQutTyw_oc0wQCLcBGAs/s1600/cappuccini%2B5.jpg)

...and there are 10 hairpins over those 1.8k :cool


also the descent is fairly technical, . . .

Well, that assessment was a bit understated for the conditions! What a cracking race! Hoping Boswell is ok, tho - looked like he got knocked out for a minute or two.
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: search on March 17, 2019, 07:02
yeah, great racing yesterday, I didn't expect the race to explode with 40k to go - and neither did the organizers I guess, they were really struggling to get all the lapped riders out of the way on the finishing circuit, and it took hours afterwards to get the result sorted ;).

Massive showing by #astana Lutsenko though. It was him who made the race this hard that early. Went solo right afterwards. Crashed twice on the descents. Still won the final sprint.

Afterwards, he said: “My first crash happened when I slipped on some gravels. The second one with 1.5km to go; I didn’t understand why it happened.”

(https://gallery.mailchimp.com/823d3a40b51c82f60f316baa5/images/a57aee02-3cb6-4763-b912-c0dc480b9f3e.jpg)

“This victory is only for myself because I’ve done so much work to make it happen. When I rode away with 50km to go, nobody thought I’d win. It’s a beautiful victory. Tomorrow it’s an even harder stage with an uphill finish. I might have spent too much energy today and I might pay the consequences of my crashes but my teammate, Jakob Fuglsang, is also in a great shape. It can be his turn tomorrow.”

(https://gallery.mailchimp.com/823d3a40b51c82f60f316baa5/images/cf1fbe82-c7c9-45d0-80a2-fcfa48be0b4d.jpg)



More of this today indeed, with the brutal Recanati circuit in the end. They are going to do this 3 1/2 times:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DuUPyyMWkAIC9Wm.jpg:large)

Especially with all the tired legs from yesterday's long and hard stage, this could create fairly big gaps I guess.
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: Mellow Velo on March 17, 2019, 20:51
 If you are looking to find a balance for having two time trials entrenched in a race, then there's a lot to be said in support of this year's parcour, over the traditional big mountain top finish. Instead of the usual couple of kms of trying to put the boot into opponents, the weekend has seen action from the GC contenders, for well over 60kms of racing.
Today saw Astana  #astana complete the second leg of the weekend double and also made it a Mediterranean Sunday double.
First, Dario Cataldo reduced the peloton to just half a dozen or so riders, including the blue jersey of Yates  #mitchelton and his main rival Roglič  #jumbo.
Astana then launched Fuglsang over the top of the penultimate ascent of the Muro di San Pietro, after Alexis Vuillermoz  #ag2r and Tiesj Benoot  #lotto had tried their own attack.
 Together, Yates and Roglič (with the latter mostly sitting on the former’s wheel) set off in pursuit of Fuglsang, in the process picking off the final remnant of the day’s initial break. At this point a honourable mention has to go to Mads Pedersen  #trek who died several deaths on the final lamp ramps, but still held on to finish 7th on the stage.

 At the foot of the final climb of Muro di San Pietro, 3km from the finish, they remained 52 seconds adrift, and 42 seconds ahead of a chasing group of other GC contenders, including Dumoulin  #sunweb.
 Roglič laboured to hold Yates wheel on the steeper gradients of the climb, and was dropped altogether 2km from the finish.
 Yates was however unable to catch Fuglsang, who, after his advantage had dipped to around 30 seconds, held his nerve to claim victory.

 Unfortunately, Adam Yates, even with a 25-second lead, says he will not win the Tirreno-Adriatico. Which since tomorrow is all about the sprinters, means the ITT and Roglič's trump card. Last year, the gap between the pair was 36". Then again, Simon.................

Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: search on March 18, 2019, 09:28
Those were really two great stages over the weekend. Too bad though, that both WT races again didn't manage to co-ordinate each other about racing schedules... it almost seems like that try to finish at exactly the same time.

This way, it was really hard to follow the race, and there also was almost no live coverage of Tirreno, outside Italy.

Well, today there is though. And plenty of it. 3 hours of this:

(https://i.imgur.com/2MQgenY.png)

There is some rain and wind, but overall it should be a fairly straight forward sprint stage I guess. Also, contarry to Friday's stage, the finish is not too technical. "The final circuit, measuring 12.6km in length, is perfectly flat and runs between wide, well-paved city roads and the surrounding countryside (where the surface is worn out at points). The final 3km are raced entirely on urban roads, with a last bend 1,000m before the finish. The home straight is on 8.5m wide asphalt road with a mild uphill gradient", is what it says in the roadbook.

Sounds very much like it's another battle between #quickstep Viviani and #uae Gaviria on the cards. It'll be interesting to see what #bora Sagan will do though. He was 2nd in the other sprint, but apart from that, he really didn't look any good in the race so far, or anywhere close to what he's usually doing here to prepare for the classics. May he even join the breakaway today!? I mean, he needs to go deep at some point and get into some racing shape, otherwise he can forget about being competitive in the classics.
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: search on March 18, 2019, 16:58
well, after some tough days, bunch sprints are not too unusual to end up in kinda strange fashion - but this is probably not the result anyone expected:

https://twitter.com/TirrenAdriatico/status/1107684404267311104

Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: Leadbelly on March 18, 2019, 18:28
The poor showing of the sprinters today did make me think of Sean Kelly and the build up to his final MSR victory. He said in an article discussing that victory that at TA the week before he knew he was in good form, but didn't want to put his head above the parapet and become a marked man at MSR and so didn't give it his all.

So was Gaviria's 63rd a bluff today? I guess we'll find out in a few days.
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: search on March 18, 2019, 18:56
in a battle for less glory, #bardiani Mirco Maestri joined the breakaway for the 4th time in 5 days today and took over the lead in the #orange sprints classification.

He did the same thing two years ago and just lost out by two points against Peter Sagan. To be more succesful this time, he now needs to hope for #jumbo Roglic to not finish higher than 3rd tomorrow (with also Yates, Alaphilippe, Fuglsang and Viviani still having a theoretical chance to win it, but it's probably mostly Roglic he'll need to worry about).

That time trial, on the same course as usual, starts at 13:25 cet tomorrow:

~pdf Ordine di Partenza (https://gallery.mailchimp.com/823d3a40b51c82f60f316baa5/files/7bdef205-fbe3-4a87-a9a8-063fb2fe8633/Tirreno_Adriatico_2019_Strating_Order_Stage_7.pdf)

Maestri will be happy to see, that with #jumbo Tony Martin, #uae Tom Bohli, #lotto Victor Campenaerts, #jumbo Jos van Emden, #bora Maciej Bodnar, #mitchelton Michael Hepburn, #fdj Stefan Küng, #quickstep Yves Lampaert, #mitchelton Luke Durbridge, #trek Mads Pedersen, #movistar Nelson Oliveira, #movistar Jonathan Castroviejo and #sunweb Tom Dumoulin the competition for Roglic is basically as good as it can get.

It's the ninth time the race ends in this fashion, and with #movistar Andrey Amador skipping Tirreno this year, #bahrain Vincenzo Nibali and #bora Maciej Bodnar are the only riders left to have participated in every single San Benedetto del Tronto time trial so far.

With Dumoulin in 4th already sitting 1:20 behind #astana Fuglsang in 3rd, the three names who'll enter the overall podium should be settled, but as Yates only has a 25 second lead (actually it's 24.50s only, taking the exact times from the TTT into account) over Roglic, the battle for the victory should still be a close one.
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: search on March 18, 2019, 20:53
ah, and one big question is missing up there: after eight years in the Pro Tour, will #bahrain Rohan Dennis become the first ever WT stage winner on a Merida time trial bike? :b3

The total number of wins (on international level) is two so far, I think. #lampre Malori won one time trial in Coppi e Bartali 2013 and #lampre Ulissi in Slovenia 2015 (but it was kind of a MTT, so not sure if time trial bikes were used or not).
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: M Gee on March 19, 2019, 01:33
yeah, great racing yesterday, I didn't expect the race to explode with 40k to go - and neither did the organizers I guess, they were really struggling to get all the lapped riders out of the way on the finishing circuit, and it took hours afterwards to get the result sorted ;).

Massive showing by #astana Lutsenko though. It was him who made the race this hard that early. Went solo right afterwards. Crashed twice on the descents. Still won the final sprint.

Afterwards, he said: “My first crash happened when I slipped on some gravels. The second one with 1.5km to go; I didn’t understand why it happened.”

(https://gallery.mailchimp.com/823d3a40b51c82f60f316baa5/images/a57aee02-3cb6-4763-b912-c0dc480b9f3e.jpg)

 . . .

The 20 second video clip of that groad segment will live forever.
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: search on March 19, 2019, 18:38
ah, and one big question is missing up there: after eight years in the Pro Tour, will #bahrain Rohan Dennis become the first ever WT stage winner on a Merida time trial bike? :b3

the answer is no

in a battle for less glory, #bardiani Mirco Maestri joined the breakaway for the 4th time in 5 days today and took over the lead in the #orange sprints classification.

He did the same thing two years ago and just lost out by two points against Peter Sagan. To be more succesful this time, he now needs to hope for #jumbo Roglic to not finish higher than 3rd tomorrow (with also Yates, Alaphilippe, Fuglsang and Viviani still having a theoretical chance to win it, but it's probably mostly Roglic he'll need to worry about).

#bardiani Maestri did indeed win #orange though :win

“This time I made it. I suffered a lot as I was in the car with [sports director] Roberto [Reverberi] looking at the results and crossing my fingers. It went well this time. Two years ago, I was very close to Peter Sagan who offered me his orange jersey writing on it ‘next time it’ll be yours’. It went that way. I’m happy. I might pay Peter back with my jersey if I manage to catch up with him.”

while #jumbo Primoz Roglic took the overall. By 0.81 seconds.



The stage was won by #lotto Victor Campenaerts, clearly showing good shape heading into his hour record attempt.

RANK NAME INT INT -> FIN FIN
1      #lotto   CAMPENAERTS Victor      04:43 (4.)      <- 06:40 (2.) ->      11:23
2      #ef   BETTIOL Alberto      04:51 (27.)      <- 06:35 (1.) ->      11:26
3      #jumbo   VAN EMDEN Jos      04:44 (6.)      <- 06:43 (4.) ->      11:27
4      #ef   LANGEVELD Sebastian      04:46 (10.)      <- 06:43 (5.) ->      11:29
5      #quickstep   LAMPAERT Yves      04:42 (3.)      <- 06:48 (8.) ->      11:30
6      #trek   PEDERSEN Mads      04:40 (1.)      <- 06:51 (15.) ->      11:31
7      #sunweb   DUMOULIN Tom      04:49 (16.)      <- 06:42 (3.) ->      11:31
8      #bahrain   DENNIS Rohan      04:41 (2.)      <- 06:51 (13.) ->      11:32
9      #mitchelton   HEPBURN Michael      04:48 (13.)      <- 06:46 (6.) ->      11:34
10      #sky   GANNA Filippo      04:46 (8.)      <- 06:49 (9.) ->      11:35
11      #jumbo   ROGLIC Primoz      04:50 (23.)      <- 06:46 (7.) ->      11:36
12      #movistar   OLIVEIRA Nelson      04:45 (7.)      <- 06:52 (16.) ->      11:37
13      #mitchelton   DURBRIDGE Luke      04:47 (12.)      <- 06:51 (14.) ->      11:38
14      #dimension   CUMMINGS Stephen      04:49 (17.)      <- 06:50 (11.) ->      11:39
15      #quickstep   ASGREEN Kasper      04:50 (24.)      <- 06:50 (10.) ->      11:40
16      #groupama   KÜNG Stefan      04:49 (21.)      <- 06:53 (17.) ->      11:42
17      #ccc   VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan      04:53 (35.)      <- 06:50 (12.) ->      11:43
18      #uae   BOHLI Tom      04:49 (18.)      <- 06:54 (18.) ->      11:43
19      #groupama   SCOTSON Miles      04:44 (5.)      <- 07:00 (25.) ->      11:44
20      #groupama   LADAGNOUS Matthieu      04:48 (15.)      <- 06:59 (23.) ->      11:47
21      #groupama   PINOT Thibaut      04:53 (33.)      <- 06:54 (19.) ->      11:47
22      #movistar   SÜTTERLIN Jasha      04:49 (19.)      <- 07:00 (29.) ->      11:49
23      #astana   KANGERT Tanel      04:49 (20.)      <- 07:01 (30.) ->      11:50
24      #bora   BODNAR Maciej      04:48 (14.)      <- 07:02 (32.) ->      11:50
25      #groupama   THOMAS Benjamin      04:51 (28.)      <- 07:00 (26.) ->      11:51
26      #bahrain   MOHORIC Matej      04:52 (30.)      <- 07:00 (28.) ->      11:52
27      #ef   PHINNEY Taylor      04:50 (22.)      <- 07:02 (38.) ->      11:52
28      #jumbo   MARTIN Tony      04:46 (9.)      <- 07:06 (49.) ->      11:52
29      #ccc   VAN AVERMAET Greg      04:55 (44.)      <- 06:57 (20.) ->      11:52
30      #ccc   VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume      04:52 (32.)      <- 07:01 (31.) ->      11:53
31      #uae   COSTA Rui      04:51 (25.)      <- 07:02 (36.) ->      11:53
32      #katusha   GONÇALVES José      04:53 (34.)      <- 07:00 (27.) ->      11:53
                           
35      #sky   CASTROVIEJO Jonathan      04:52 (31.)      <- 07:03 (39.) ->      11:55
                           
37      #astana   FUGLSANG Jakob      04:58 (58.)      <- 06:58 (22.) ->      11:56
                           
48      #mitchelton   YATES Adam      04:57 (55.)      <- 07:05 (47.) ->      12:02
                           
52      #astana   LUTSENKO Alexey      04:54 (37.)      <- 07:10 (57.) ->      12:04
53      #sky   POELS Wout      05:02 (77.)      <- 07:02 (33.) ->      12:04
                           
61      #quickstep   ALAPHILIPPE Julian      05:01 (72.)      <- 07:10 (54.) ->      12:11

Some of the most surprising results of the day came from the #ef EF boys, particularly Alberto Bettiol, who was 5 seconds faster than everyone else in the 2nd part of the course.
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: Mellow Velo on March 19, 2019, 19:53
Oooops.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D2CD6hYWsAEJdlJ.jpg)

 :lol
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: LukasCPH on March 20, 2019, 08:06
#bardiani Maestri did indeed win #orange though :win

“This time I made it. I suffered a lot as I was in the car with [sports director] Roberto [Reverberi] looking at the results and crossing my fingers. It went well this time. Two years ago, I was very close to Peter Sagan who offered me his orange jersey writing on it ‘next time it’ll be yours’. It went that way. I’m happy. I might pay Peter back with my jersey if I manage to catch up with him.”
Nice story. I'm happy for him. :)

By the way, in the roadbook, the points jersey is described as red (maglia rossa). Any idea why it's actually orange (arancione)?
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: search on March 20, 2019, 08:20
it was red until 2014 or so. I guess they just forgot to change that in the regulations ;)

On page 5, when listing the sponsors, it says "MAGLIA ARANCIONE"
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: LukasCPH on March 20, 2019, 20:47
it was red until 2014 or so. I guess they just forgot to change that in the regulations ;)
From the organisation that doesn't have the right sponsors on the #blue leader's jersey for the final podium and can't properly secure a TTT route, this sounds likely, even. :-x
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: Drummer Boy on March 20, 2019, 23:51
https://twitter.com/inrng/status/1108029339805851648
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: t-72 on March 21, 2019, 00:00
I think Roglic always takes the telemark on the podium, at least I have seen it a few times before. One thing is to try a daring jump, the other thing is to stick the landing and  finish it off in style.
The irony (and the humour) is Roglic is famous for his BIG FAIL at that actually. This is one of the most horrible falls in that sport...
https://youtu.be/oNRYgKyZBAI
Of all modern ski flying hills, few none had the height of the jumper's trajectory above ground that Planica had. It's like he's falling down from 20 meters + , to 1) survive that 2) become an elite athlete in a very different sport - it is definetly not normal.
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: LukasCPH on March 22, 2019, 07:06
The irony (and the humour) is Roglic is famous for his BIG FAIL at that actually. This is one of the most horrible falls in that sport...
Woah, that's an ugly crash. It's understandable that after something like that, he'll go into cycling thinking "it can't get worse, at least here I'm in contact with the ground at all times"!
Any idea how/why the crash happened? Lost his balance? Sudden gust of wind?
Title: Re: 54th Tirreno-Adriatico
Post by: search on March 22, 2019, 07:57
Yeah, wind affected, but overall he was not up for it yet. The stories about him are a bit exaggerated, he was not as good a jumper as reading cycling media makes you believe. At an age of 17, the Slowenians should not have brought him to Planica.

Some rules have been changed since then though, you are not allowed to line up such unexperienced athletes anymore, and many nations have started a 18+ approach for ski flying competition.