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Title: Tirreno Adriatico
Post by: search on September 06, 2020, 17:10
Tirreno Adriatico[1]

September 7th to 14th

The 55th edition of the Race of the Two Seas, 7-14 September, features three stages suitable for sprinters, two on mixed terrain for finisseurs, two in the mountains including an uphill finish in Sarnano-Sassotetto and the classic final time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto. It will be a special edition of the race, not only because of when it is scheduled on the calendar, but also because it will be raced over eight stages – instead of the usual seven.

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Stage 1 - Lido di Camaiore - Lido di Camaiore (133km)
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The first stage is divided into two parts, both in circuits. In the first 90km, the 26km circuit of Monte Pitoro (climbed from the Massarosa side) is tackled three times. After the third passage, the route continues with two almost complete laps of a large circuit of about 19km between Pietrasanta and Lido di Camaiore, which is totally flat.
 
Stage 2 - Camaiore - Follonica (201km)
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A mixed terrain stage, especially in the second part. Starting from Camaiore and progressing through Montemagno, the route reaches Pisa and then the Livornese, leaving the completely flat part and going up to Castellina Marittima (GPM) where it continues south to cross Riparbella and Canneto (TV). Once they have completed the long, mainly downhill stretch that follows, the riders will enter the 20km final circuit characterized by the very short but steep ‘Imostino’ climb.
 
Stage 3 - Follonica - Saturnia (217km)
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Very long and undulating stage. The route crosses the Grosseto area to turn inland to Capalbio. It climbs the Muro (a short and steep climb) di Poggio Murella for the first time (gradient up to 20%) to pass near Saturnia and touching Sovana, Sorano and Pitigliano before returning to climb the Muro di Poggio Murella for a second time; from the top there will be less than 9km to the finish. In the final kilometers it’s firstly downhill, then always uphill until the finish with slopes around 6-7%.
 
Stage 4 - Terni - Cascia (194km)
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The first climbing stage. The maximum altitude of the entire Tirreno-Adriatico EOLO is reached on Stage 4 at the Rifugio Perugia GPM, at 1521m. The first part of the stage is almost flat, with undulations and gentle slopes. After Castelsantangelo sul Nera, the very demanding section of the Sibillini Mountains begins. The route climbs up the Forca di Gualdo which leads to the plain of Castelluccio. Wide roads, continually climbing, lead to the ascent to the Rifugio Perugia (the building is located just after the top) and then the descent to the outskirts of Norcia to face the last stretch of Ospedaletto. In the final kilometers it’s initially downhill to the town of Cascia where the road climbs up on a gentle slope.
 
Stage 5 - Norcia - Sassotetto (202km)
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This very demanding stage features many climbs including three classified GPMs. The route initially climbs the Forca di Ancarano (not classified as GPM) to enter the Sibillini mountains. After Visso it goes up to the Santuario di Macereto (Sanctuary of Macereto) preceded by the Santa Margherita hill. Once in Polverina, a sequence of ascents and descents begins that give riders no letup until the finish. The climbs of San Ginesio, Gualdo and Penna San Giovanni all feature before the final ascent to Sassotetto from Sarnano: 14.2km at a 5.8% average gradient, peaking at 12%. The last kilometers of the stage coincide with the final climb to Sassotetto. It’s a fairly constant gradient between 6 and 7% with some peaks over 10% and featuring long straights and  hairpin bends. The slope softens close to the finish line.
 
Stage 6 - Castelfidardo - Senigallia (175km)
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With mixed terrain stage in the first part and then flat, Stage 6 is not the most demanding. From Numana, the route passes through the outskirts of Ancona, then Offagna, Jesi and Ostra to arrive in Senigallia where it will cover four laps of a circuit that’s around 16km. Completely flat, it’s on wide and well-paved city streets and the neighboring countryside on wide roads with sometimes worn surfaces. The final 3km are entirely in the town, with the last curve at 1000m from the finish.
 
Stage 7 - Pieve Torina - Loreto (181km)
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Stage 7 is the stage of the Muri (short and steep climbs). They are all concentrated in the three laps of the circuit that each face the ascent of Loreto – which is the finish line, as well as being passed twice on the route. These circuits also include three ascents of the Recanati (v.Paolina Leopardi). Descending from the Sibillini Mountains the route passes through Camerino and to reach the valley of the Potenza river, and faces the Montefano and Osimo climbs before entering that final 25km circuit that features both the Loreto and the Recanati climbs. The last kilometers are all uphill with slopes around 10%.
 
Stage 8 - San Benedetto del Tronto (ITT - 10km)
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The 10,050m individual time trial is raced on the same route that has featured since 2015. The starting platform is located in viale Tamerici (Riva sud) from where the route proceeds towards Porto d’Ascoli along the sea. From Piazza Salvo d’Acquisto (intermediate timekeeping - km 4.7) it continues for about 750m before going up to San Benedetto del Tronto where the race ends on the traditional finish line in viale Buozzi.

The 55th edition of the 'Race of the Two Seas', will see the likes of Froome, Thomas, V. Nibali, Fuglsang, Vlasov, S. Yates, Majka, Ackermann, Matthews, Gaviria and van der Poel compete over eight stages from 7-14 September. 25 teams of 7 riders each to start.

Additional to the 19 WT teams:
•   #total TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE (FRA) - TERPSTRA, GAUDIN
•   #alpecin ALPECIN - FENIX (BEL) - VAN DER POEL, MERLIER
•   #androni ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI - SIDERMEC (ITA) - BAGIOLI, RIVERA SERRANO
•   #bardiani BARDIANI CSF FAIZANÈ (ITA) - CARBONI, PELUCCHI
•   #gazprom GAZPROM - RUSVELO (RUS) - CANOLA, CIMA
•   #vinizabu VINI ZABÙ KTM (ITA) - VISCONTI, WACKERMANN



The Tirreno-Adriatico EOLO will be televised globally: images from the race will be distributed across all five continents, reaching a total of 172 nations. RAI, in its role as host broadcaster, will produce live coverage of the final three hours of each one of the eight stages set to take place for the race’s 2020 edition. In Italy, the race will be available to watch free-to-air via RAI Sport +HD upon the transmission’s commencement, with coverage moving to RAI 2 ahead of the crucial closing kilometres of each stage.
 
In France, deferred free-to-air coverage will be provided by La Chaine L’Équipe. The rest of Europe will be served by live broadcasts on the Eurosport Player and GCN digital platforms.
 1. Source of all text: RCS press release
Title: Re: Tirreno Adriatico
Post by: search on September 07, 2020, 19:53
Today's stage 1 started with a surprisingly strong 7 men breakaway in front, including well known names like #androni Simon Pellaud, #jumbo Paul Martens, #gazprom Marco Canola or #cofidis Nathan Haas. Instead of working together they quickly started to attack each other for the mountain jersey, so that it came down to the expected sprint finish of course - with a massive sprint from Ackermann:

https://twitter.com/ammattipyoraily/status/1302973010715041792



There was quite a big crash with 2k to go with lots of sprinters (Dainese, Bauhaus, Merlier, Viviani...) hitting the deck. If they recover, they should be another chance tomorrow though.
Title: Re: Tirreno Adriatico
Post by: AG on September 08, 2020, 09:54
The sprint was quite amusing.  Gaviria sprinted ... thought he had them beat so eased up a tiny bit, and Ackerman squeezed through a gap barely big enough for a bike to fit through ... carrying way more speed than Gaviria so pipped him at the post.
Title: Re: Tirreno Adriatico
Post by: Leadbelly on September 08, 2020, 20:49
A DNF yesterday for Rivera. Not what he needed in prep for the Giro......if he rides it now. Decisions, decisions for Savio.
Title: Re: Tirreno Adriatico
Post by: search on September 08, 2020, 20:57
yeah, some kind of virus he said, had to stop halfway through to empty the stomach. Surely not perfect.

Another sprint today, by the way. #bora Ackermann picked up the Gaviria approach today and went way too early, but still won



tomorrow should be fun. The uphill sprint should suit Matthews to the bone, but no idea if he can hang on on the Muro. Van der Poel looked strong as well today, pushing the pace for Merlier from the front for what felt like the final 5k
Title: Re: Tirreno Adriatico
Post by: Leadbelly on September 08, 2020, 21:21
Another sprint today, by the way. #bora Ackermann picked up the Gaviria approach today and went way too early, but still won

Hey how about Zabel!

2017 was the last time I saw him sprinting like he did today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0PhO65cKXg

3m10 onwards. That was like a 350m+ leadout and sprint rolled into one and only Sagan could beat him. Crazy.

So today was virtually as long a sprint as Ackermann and just a fraction behind at the line. Cimolai needed to be on his wheel to benefit from it. Maybe reverse the order on stage 6 and see how the German does then. Anyway it's something for the team to think about going into the Giro.
Title: Re: Tirreno Adriatico
Post by: search on September 08, 2020, 21:40
yeah, worth a mention maybe ;).

Good sprint indeed. But I can't remember him doing two of those in a row, like... ever?!
Title: Re: Tirreno Adriatico
Post by: search on September 09, 2020, 06:55
here's also an interactive profile for today (yes, in miles t72, nothing I can do about it ;) )



so a very tough stage it is, long, with 3000m of altitude, and basically all of that in the 2nd half. Plus the "Muro der Pirata" with ~10k to go

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Title: Re: Tirreno Adriatico
Post by: search on September 09, 2020, 18:48
well, this was not quite as exciting as I hoped for, but there was some action on the Muro at least, and #ef Rusty Woods managed to break- and stay away



if he manages to find another 10 stages to do that, there may be hope for him to get enough of a gap before the final time trial :P
Title: Re: Tirreno Adriatico
Post by: just some guy on September 10, 2020, 20:03
Lucas H

Yay
Title: Re: Tirreno Adriatico
Post by: Mellow Velo on September 11, 2020, 07:22
Today's final climb and finish, where the GC battle will be played out.

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Title: Re: Tirreno Adriatico
Post by: search on September 11, 2020, 08:04
last time they did this it looked like this

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Most riders probably won't mind it to be a bit warmer today. It's actually not an overly selective climb (13 guys withing 6s in 2018), but with the GC wide open, and the amount of poor time trialists up there, we should still get to see plenty of attacks I guess
Title: Re: Tirreno Adriatico
Post by: Mellow Velo on September 11, 2020, 09:13
last time they did this it looked like this

(https://static2.tirrenoadriatico.it/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/News_Landa-1024x350.jpg)

Most riders probably won't mind it to be a bit warmer today. It's actually not an overly selective climb (13 guys withing 6s in 2018), but with the GC wide open, and the amount of poor time trialists up there, we should still get to see plenty of attacks I guess

The lightweight climbers will surely have to attack, with Thomas and Keldermann breathing down their necks and the usual, pan flat ITT at the end of the race.
Title: Re: Tirreno Adriatico
Post by: Leadbelly on September 13, 2020, 18:43
No real GC action today, but an exciting little Italian-style one day race. Worth watching the last 35km or so.
Title: Re: Tirreno Adriatico
Post by: search on September 13, 2020, 19:09
definitely, yeah. Also yesterday turned out to be better than expected, but today's finale was the best one of the race
Title: Re: Tirreno Adriatico
Post by: search on September 14, 2020, 07:26
the race finishes with the usual, flat and short San Benedetto time trial today...

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...and it's still fairly close in GC:

TIME NAME GC
15:25:00      #ntt   MEINTJES Louis       +2:57
15:26:00      #sunweb   OOMEN Sam Y       +2:54
15:28:00      #mitchelton   HAIG Jack       +2:47
15:30:00      #trek   BRAMBILLA Gianluca       +2:33
15:32:00      #deceuninck   KNOX James       +1:26
15:34:00      #ef   WOODS Michael       +1:22
15:36:00      #sunweb   KELDERMAN Wilco       +0:59
15:38:00      #deceuninck   MASNADA Fausto       +0:57
15:40:00      #astana   VLASOV Aleksandr       +0:49
15:42:00      #ineos   THOMAS Geraint       +0:39
15:44:00      #bora   MAJKA Rafal       +0:16
15:46:00      #blue   YATES Simon Philip    

~pdf Ordine di Partenza (https://www.tissottiming.com/File/000312020F010108FFFFFFFFFFFFFF02)

last year Roglic made up 25 seconds on Adam Yates, but Thomas (let alone Majka) is not Roglic, and Simon is probably a bit better than Adam.

For the stage win, Rohan Dennis is likely to be the favourite, but with guys like Ganna, Campenaerts, van Emden, Bjerg and so on there's strong competition.
Title: Re: Tirreno Adriatico
Post by: Mellow Velo on September 14, 2020, 20:32
 Read it and weep, Sir Dave.

https://twitter.com/VelonCC/status/1305512111175589888