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Tirreno-Adriatico
« on: March 05, 2018, 13:39 »
Tirreno-Adriatico[1]

The 53rd edition of the Tirreno-Adriatico, organized by RCS Sport / La Gazzetta dello Sport takes place from 7 to 13 March 2018. The race starts owith the Team Time Trial in Lido di Camaiore and ends with the classic Individual Time Trial in San Benedetto. In memory of Michele Scarponi, on Sunday 11 March, the 5th stage will finish in Filottrano, the city of the unforgettable Italian rider.

Scarponi climbed up onto the final podium of the Tirreno-Adriatico three times, winning the 2009 edition, and was second (tied on time with the winner, Stefano Garzelli) in 2010 then third, behind Cadel Evans and Robert Gesink, in 2011.

It’s a classic route with the opening Team Time Trial on the Versilia seafront at Lido di Camaiore (21.5km); two stages for sprinters (stages 2, Camaiore-Follonica, and 6, Numana-Fano), two suitable for the finisseurs (stages 3, Follonica-Trevi, and 5, Castelraimondo-Filottrano "Tappa dei Muri"), an uphill finish - Saturday 10 March (stage 4) - which will bring the group from Foligno to Sarnano (Sassotetto) with over 14km of final ascent. The race ends with the traditionally exciting Individual Time Trial of San Benedetto del Tronto, 10km long.It’s a classic route with the opening Team Time Trial on the Versilia seafront at Lido di Camaiore (21.5km); two stages for sprinters (stages 2, Camaiore-Follonica, and 6, Numana-Fano), two suitable for the finisseurs (stages 3, Follonica-Trevi, and 5, Castelraimondo-Filottrano "Tappa dei Muri"), an uphill finish - Saturday 10 March (stage 4) - which will bring the group from Foligno to Sarnano (Sassotetto) with over 14km of final ascent. The race ends with the traditionally exciting Individual Time Trial of San Benedetto del Tronto, 10km long.














Additionally to the 18 World Tour Teams, #gazprom Gazprom - Rusvelo, #academy Israel Cycling Academy, #nippo Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini and #wilier Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia were invited to participate in Tirreno-Adriatico.

Now in its 53rd edition, the race will see 154 riders on the start line, representing 22 teams between them. Among them will be many of the best cyclists in the world, including the entire Tour de France 2017 podium and two thirds of the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España podiums, thanks to Chris Froome (winner of Tour and Vuelta), Tom Dumoulin (winner of the Giro), Vincenzo Nibali (third at the Giro and second at the Vuelta), Rigoberto Uran and Romain Bardet (respectively second and third at the Tour). And if this wasn't enough, among the riders fighting for the General Classification will be Fabio Aru, Richie Porte, Mikel Landa, Miguel Angel Lopez, Adam Yates, Rohan Dennis and Geraint Thomas.

The list of stage hunters is also impressive, starting with the three (consecutive) times UCI Road World Champion Peter Sagan, his historic rivals Greg Van Avermaet and Michal Kwiatkowski, Philippe Gilbert, Diego Ulissi, Edvald Boasson Hagen and the sprinters Fernando Gaviria, Mark Cavendish and Caleb Ewan – among the many candidates for a stage win.
 1. source of all text: RCS press release
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    Re: Tirreno-Adriatico
    « Reply #1 on: March 05, 2018, 19:25 »
    Looking forward to this. Two stages of P-N done and I'm kinda bored of it. :P
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    Re: Tirreno-Adriatico
    « Reply #2 on: March 05, 2018, 19:45 »
    Speaking of boredom, isn't it about time they tried something different for the closing (and opening) stage?

    There were some rumours over the winter that the San Benedetto del Tronto council weren't going to stump up the cash (RCS wanted ~70k), but they obviously came to an agreement. Stages 3-5 look tasty, but it would be great if they weren't bookended with the same old same old.
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    Re: Tirreno-Adriatico
    « Reply #3 on: March 05, 2018, 21:23 »
     They could start by turning stage 6 around.
     I agree with Leadbelly. These bookend stages, every year, are very stale.
    At least Paris-Nice managed to come up with something a bit different within the Paris suburbs.

    Oh and dare I say it? Stage 4 might looks better without the MTF tagged to the end.
    A couple more of those teeth to make it even more of a leg breaker, then have stage 3 or 5 as a straight forward MTF.
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    Re: Tirreno-Adriatico
    « Reply #4 on: March 06, 2018, 12:02 »
    Live Coverage:

    Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4
    *it Rai Sport      13:00-15:15      13:00-15:15            14:00-14:50
    *it Rai 2                        14:50-16:20
    *it Rai 3      15:15-16:10      15:15-16:10      15:15-16:10      
    *eu Eurosport 1                        13:30-16:30
    *eu Eurosport 2      14:00-16:30      13:30-16:30      14:00-16:30      
    *fr l'Équipe      13:50-16:30      13:30-16:30      13:30-16:30      14:40-16:30
                            
          Stage 5      Stage 6      Stage 7      
    *it Rai Sport      14:00-15:30      14:00-15:15      13:15-15:15      
    *it Rai 2                        
    *it Rai 3      15:30-16:10      15:15-16:10      15:15-16:10      
    *eu Eurosport 1            13:30-16:30      13:30-16:30      
    *eu Eurosport 2      15:15-16:30                  
    *fr l'Équipe      14:30-16:30      13:30-16:30      13:30-16:30   

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    « Reply #5 on: March 06, 2018, 13:18 »
    Oh and dare I say it? Stage 4 might looks better without the MTF tagged to the end.

    yeah, if you wanna use Sasso Tetto, this is where it belongs:



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    Re: Tirreno-Adriatico
    « Reply #6 on: March 06, 2018, 18:00 »
    ~pdf Ordine Partenti TTT

    1      14:00:00      #movistar MOVISTAR TEAM
    2      14:05:00      #sky TEAM SKY
    3      14:10:00      #ag2r AG2R LA MONDIALE
    4      14:15:00      #nippo NIPPO - VINI FANTINI - EUROPA OVINI
    5      14:20:00      #katusha TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN
    6      14:25:00      #dimension TEAM DIMENSION DATA
    7      14:30:00      #bahrain BAHRAIN - MERIDA
    8      14:35:00      #ef TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST
    9      14:40:00      #academy ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY
    10      14:45:00      #uae UAE TEAM EMIRATES
    11      14:50:00      #mitchelton MITCHELTON - SCOTT
    12      14:55:00      #wilier WILIER TRIESTINA - SELLE ITALIA
    13      15:00:00      #gazprom GAZPROM - RUSVELO
    14      15:05:00      #astana ASTANA PRO TEAM
    15      15:10:00      #bmc BMC RACING TEAM
    16      15:15:00      #jumbo TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO
    17      15:20:00      #quickstep QUICK-STEP FLOORS
    18      15:25:00      #trek TREK - SEGAFREDO
    19      15:30:00      #lotto LOTTO SOUDAL
    20      15:35:00      #fdj GROUPAMA - FDJ
    21      15:40:00      #bora BORA - HANSGROHE
    22      15:45:00      #sunweb TEAM SUNWEB
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    Re: Tirreno-Adriatico
    « Reply #7 on: March 06, 2018, 19:02 »


    Could be an intermittently wet (and thundery!) one.....
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    Re: Tirreno-Adriatico
    « Reply #8 on: March 06, 2018, 19:42 »
    In other words... a lottery with Sunweb on one end and Movistar, Sky on the other?

    They could have grouped the favorites better to limit the chances of weather deciding the outcome.
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    « Reply #9 on: March 06, 2018, 22:16 »
    They could have grouped the favorites better to limit the chances of weather deciding the outcome.

    it's decided by draw:

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    The starting order of the team time trial stage shall be determined by a drawing due to take place on Tuesday, March 6, during the technical meeting.

    Should the field of competitors include the winner of the last edition, then his team will start at the last place.

    Starts will occur in identical five-minute intervals.

    Team timing will be calculated on the fourth rider arrived; the other riders of the team will be granted the recorded time upon their passing the finishing line.

    In the event of an accident during the last kilometer, the provisions of article 2.6.028 of the U.C.I. Regulations shall apply.

    and (as you can see above) it's now the time of the 4th rider over the line that counts, not the 5th anymore (as it was with 8 starters per team)
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    « Reply #10 on: March 07, 2018, 18:13 »
    well, it was dry all day in the end, and #bmc BMC took the win for the 3rd time in a row, despite not quite bringing their strongest team


    #dimension Cavendish crashed hard and missed the time cut
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    Re: Tirreno-Adriatico
    « Reply #11 on: March 09, 2018, 09:20 »
    Today's finishing ramp.

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    Re: Tirreno-Adriatico
    « Reply #12 on: March 09, 2018, 10:20 »
    and they are doing it twice. Should be a good finish, after a very long stage



    (via @raffilpt)

    Too bad that Yates and Roglic were held up by the crash yesterday, and there were some complaints about the dangerous circuit - but to be honest, it looked perfectly fine on TV.

    Most of the sprinters made it through unharmed, and Kittel took a convincing first win of a season, after a massive leadout by Rick Zabel

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    Re: Tirreno-Adriatico
    « Reply #13 on: March 09, 2018, 10:24 »
    and there were some complaints about the dangerous circuit

    Gaviria for one.

    https://twitter.com/DoCiclismo/status/972050213299990528
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    « Reply #14 on: March 09, 2018, 10:28 »
    yeah, i read that. You need to find some excuses when you are fair & square beaten by "a climber" in a mass sprint I guess
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    Re: Tirreno-Adriatico
    « Reply #15 on: March 09, 2018, 11:30 »
     Disappointed to read that from Gaviria.
    Comes across as more than a bit churlish.
    Look what happened 7kms out on that circuit to the GC boys who were caught behind.
    Who is he to define what Kwiatkowski's goals for the race may be?
    Surely he remembers how Milan-San Remo panned out last year....
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    Re: Tirreno-Adriatico
    « Reply #16 on: March 09, 2018, 18:40 »
    Roglic went early on the climb, and really managed to hang on. Too bad he lost 1:42 yesterday...



    here is a more detailed look at tomorrow's finish, via @raffilpt:




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    Re: Tirreno-Adriatico
    « Reply #17 on: March 09, 2018, 22:17 »
    ~4700m of climbing in total. Over 220k, could be brutal. Let's hope this is raced properly, and not just the final climb...
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    Re: Tirreno-Adriatico
    « Reply #18 on: March 10, 2018, 02:34 »
    Yep, notwithstanding the fact it shouldn't be a MTF I really like this shark tooth stage on paper, reminds me of T-A during what was a golden period several years back (every T-A and Giro would have a stage like if it were up to me).
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    Re: Tirreno-Adriatico
    « Reply #19 on: March 10, 2018, 18:09 »
    6 1/2 hours in the saddle, up and down all day, and everything of interested you can put together in a 1 minute highlight show. Meh -x



    Due to Thomas' late mechanical the GC is still pretty close at least. And Leadbelly will be pretty happy with his #academy boys

    Tomorrow's Scarponi memorial stage will probably not result in more than 5k of action as well - but those should be fun to watch at least :cool

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    Re: Tirreno-Adriatico
    « Reply #20 on: March 11, 2018, 03:26 »
    Strong chance of a fast start and the bunch being together up to Montelupone? ...with Purito to make a cameo appearance to take the KoM.
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    Re: Tirreno-Adriatico
    « Reply #21 on: March 11, 2018, 16:57 »
    no real action until the final climb again - apart from Kelderman crashing out of gc contention. Adam Yates then attacked and Bora (although still pretty well positioned with Majka, Formolo and Oss in that group) was unable to close the 15-20s gap for Sagan



    With Kelderman finishing last, this probably looks like Kwiatkowski's race to lose now. There's not much competition left to threaten him in the time trial, eventhough the course isn't quite perfect for him.

    Tomorrow's stage is unlikely to change much in terms of gc, as the fun part comes right in the beginning:



    There could be some rain though, and with #mitchelton Ewan out of the race and #katusha Kittel likely to struggle in that part, a strong break could go clear and fight for the win in the end.
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    Re: Tirreno-Adriatico
    « Reply #23 on: March 12, 2018, 18:33 »
    well, I was hoping for a good stage today, but instead all what happened all day way Gaviria causing a mass crash inside 10k to go. Sagan was involved as well, but somehow made it back to the front.



    From the gc contenders, Pozzovivo and Bardet lost ~50s and dropped two places in GC - but given their (lack of) time trial abilities, they probably weren't too confident in storming up the order tomorrow anyway.

    Here's the ~pdf full startlist for tomorrow, and the starting times for some of the potential contenders:

    Time Rider GC
    6.      13:20:00      #ef PHINNEY Taylor      
                      
    10.      13:24:00      #bora BODNAR Maciej      
                      
    12.      13:26:00      #sunweb HAGA Chad      
    13.      13:27:00      #trek MULLEN Ryan      
                      
    17.      13:31:00      #katusha KITTEL Marcel      
                      
    21.      13:35:00      #sunweb ARNDT Nikias      
    22.      13:36:00      #movistar SÜTTERLIN Jasha      
                      
    26.      13:40:00      #katusha DOWSETT Alex   
                      
    29.      13:43:00      #trek BRANDLE Matthias      
    30.      13:44:00      #bmc KÜNG Stefan      
                      
    34.      13:48:00      #bmc BEVIN Patrick       
                      
    37.      13:51:00      #sunweb KÄMNA Lennard      
                      
    50.      14:04:00      #movistar BENNATI Daniele      
                      
    55.      14:09:00      #bmc DENNIS Rohan      
                      
    57.      14:11:00      #sky CASTROVIEJO Jonathan      
    58.      14:12:00      #lotto CAMPENAERTS Victor      
                      
    69.      14:23:00      #jumbo VAN EMDEN Jos      
    70.      14:24:00      #mitchelton HEPBURN Michael      
                      
    79.      14:33:00      #dimension BOASSON HAGEN Edvald      
    80.      14:34:00      #astana GRIVKO Andriy      
                      
    82.      14:36:00      #bahrain KOREN Kristijan      
                      
    86.      14:40:00      #sky MOSCON Gianni      
                      
    88.      14:42:00      #movistar OLIVEIRA Nelson      
    89.      14:43:00      #bora OSS Daniel      
                      
    92.      14:46:00      #sky KIRYIENKA Vasil      
    93.      14:47:00      #mitchelton DURBRIDGE Luke      
    94.      14:48:00      #katusha MARTIN Tony      
                      
    97.      14:51:00      #bora SAGAN Peter      
                      
    101.      14:55:00      #movistar AMADOR Andrey      
                      
    105.      14:59:00      #sky FROOME Chris      
    106.      15:00:00      #astana KANGERT Tanel      
    107.      15:01:00      #trek FELLINE Fabio      
                      
    110.      15:04:00      #jumbo ROGLIC Primoz      
                      
    119.      15:13:00      #bmc VAN AVERMAET Greg      
                      
    121.      15:15:00      #quickstep JUNGELS Bob      
    122.      15:16:00      #astana LUTSENKO Alexey      
                      
    130.      15:30:00      #movistar ROSON GARCIA Jaime      +00:47
    131.      15:32:00      #jumbo BENNETT George      +00:41
    132.      15:34:00      #lotto BENOOT Tiesj      +00:39
    133.      15:36:00      #bora FORMOLO Davide      +00:37
    134.      15:38:00      #mitchelton YATES Adam      +00:36
    135.      15:40:00      #ef URAN Rigoberto      +00:34
    136.      15:42:00      #sky THOMAS Geraint      +00:29
    137.      15:44:00      #movistar LANDA MEANA Mikel      +00:23
    138.      15:46:00      #bmc CARUSO Damiano      +00:03
    139.      15:48:00      #sky KWIATKOWSKI Michal   

    so, yes, there are plenty :D
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    Re: Tirreno-Adriatico
    « Reply #24 on: March 13, 2018, 09:06 »
    Funny that Sagan's bike handling skills got almost if not more notice than Kittel's second win. I only saw the highlights so I didn't get the full impression of the feat he achieved, but he certainly adds a different dimension to the spectating experience, which is always welcome on a flat stage.

    TT today should be a formality for the guy in Pole position, not if but by how much. I think Caruso will do a decent ride and Thomas may have enough anger stored up to reach the podium.

    Hard to say how things will shake out beyond that. Uran could also overtake Landa; Benoot and maybe Bennett will hold their spots or do a little better. Formolo might slide. Nibali could scratch the top 10 on a good day.
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    « Reply #25 on: March 13, 2018, 10:22 »
    #uae Ganna is missing on that list up there, starting as 2nd. He is likely to finish before the TV coverage begins :angel :shh
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    Re: Tirreno-Adriatico
    « Reply #26 on: March 13, 2018, 11:44 »
    there was a really interesting feature about #trek Ryan Mullen on Cyclingtips this winter by the way, talking about his move to Trek and the improvements that came with it, just in terms of equipment

    https://cyclingtips.com/2017/11/poised-big-breakthrough-mullens-quest-time-trial-gold/

    He says the new bike alone brings him an advantage of more than one minute over one hour.

    Translated to the distance today, that would mean something like a ~10-15 seconds improvement compared to last year, I think - where he finished 17 seconds behind the winner Rohan Dennis. Curious to see how it goes...
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    Re: Tirreno-Adriatico
    « Reply #27 on: March 13, 2018, 12:18 »
    there was a really interesting feature about #trek Ryan Mullen on Cyclingtips this winter by the way, talking about his move to Trek and the improvements that came with it, just in terms of equipment

    https://cyclingtips.com/2017/11/poised-big-breakthrough-mullens-quest-time-trial-gold/

    He says the new bike alone brings him an advantage of more than one minute over one hour.

    Translated to the distance today, that would mean something like a ~10-15 seconds improvement compared to last year, I think - where he finished 17 seconds behind the winner Rohan Dennis. Curious to see how it goes...

    I think that is what other riders leaving #ef were hinting at when they mildly (or perhaps professionally) said that the team didn't really have a TT focus.
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    Re: Tirreno-Adriatico
    « Reply #28 on: March 13, 2018, 12:40 »
    Funny that Sagan's bike handling skills got almost if not more notice than Kittel's second win. I only saw the highlights so I didn't get the full impression of the feat he achieved, but he certainly adds a different dimension to the spectating experience, which is always welcome on a flat stage.

    TT today should be a formality for the guy in Pole position, not if but by how much. I think Caruso will do a decent ride and Thomas may have enough anger stored up to reach the podium.

    Hard to say how things will shake out beyond that. Uran could also overtake Landa; Benoot and maybe Bennett will hold their spots or do a little better. Formolo might slide. Nibali could scratch the top 10 on a good day.
    Kittel/Sagan: the sprint win was nice, but the escape/chase/sprint to 2nd was more dramatic, by a considerable margin. Since the media looks for drama as the story, well, no competition, I think. It was a shame for Gaviria. Sagan was right behind him, but rolled THROUGH the carnage, somehow seemingly unscathed, but with one foot unclipped for balance, and all a bit akimbo. He clips back in and rides past the intersection. I didn't see the bike change - only got that in the reporting. They did show a bit of him chasing. And the bunny hop shortcut was a "Holy sh*t, Batman!" sort of moment. Nobody else dared take that shortcut. Four km of chasing and effort, and he still manages to challenge for the win.

    I like your thoughts on the TT. Caruso has beaten Kwiatkowski in other TT. I think his team is trying to keep it low key for Caruso. It should be an interesting day. I will be interested to see how Landa does, too.
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    Re: Tirreno-Adriatico
    « Reply #29 on: March 13, 2018, 15:21 »
    Kwiatkowski rises to the occasion, Caruso hangs tough, Thomas steps up.

    Awful headline idioms aside, the TT was more or less predictable, except that Landa and Uran lost more than I had expected, which helped Benoot to gain four places.

    Not the hottest T-A in more than one sense, but a nice top 10 with a mix of abilities that reflect a mixed parcours.
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