This year’s Tirreno-Adriatico will remember Michele Scarponi with stage 5 of the week-long March race finishing in his hometown of Filottrano. Tirreno-Adriatico will start in Lido di Camaiore on Wednesday, March 7 with a 21.5km team time trial and end on Tuesday, March 11 with a 10km individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto.
Scarponi won Tirreno-Adriatico in 2009 and won three stages, often excelling in the steep climbs of his Marche region near the Adriatic coast. Scarponi finished 15th in the 2017 Tirreno-Adriatico but was tragically killed in late April after being hit by a vehicle as he started a training ride from his home in Filottrano. Just a few days before he had won the opening stage of the Tour of the Alps and was due to lead the Astana team at the Giro d’Italia.
“We wanted to commemorate a friend, the unforgettable Michele Scarponi with a stage finish in Filottrano,” race director Mauro Vegni during the route presentation.
Tirreno-Adriatico was created as an alternative to Paris-Nice and is considered the best way to peak for Milan-San Remo without the risk of bad weather in northern Europe. These days it is the meat in the sandwich between Strade Bianche (March 3) and Milan-San Remo (March 17). 2018 marks the 53rd edition of the race.
In addition to a team time trial and short individual test, five road race stages offer chances to the sprinters and rouleurs, with a mountain finish during the weekend revealing the overall contenders.
WorldTour points and a tougher route in recent years have attracted a number of Grand Tour riders. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) won the overall classification for a second time in 2017, while Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) has won the Race of the Two Seas in 2012 and 2013.
The Race of the Two Seas
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