Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Tejay van Garderen (BMC), Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale), Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) are the big favourites for overall victory at this year’s Tirreno-Adriatico. Most of them kept their cards close to their chest during the pre-race press conference on Tuesday afternoon, knowing that the tough but balanced race route and the spring weather often lead to a difficult week of racing.
Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) was the only Classics rider invited to the press conference alongside the overall contenders. He has yet to win a race in the world champion’s rainbow jersey but pushed back any questions about his form after he fell short at Strade Bianche.
“Strade Bianche wasn’t a disaster and anyway I think this press conference is about Tirreno-Adriatico…” he said. “Strade Bianche is part of the past but it was a good race for me. It was only the third race of the year and the Tour de San Luis was a long time ago. I hope my form is growing.”
Sagan took time to study the race book during the press conference but was vague about targeting a specific stage in the next seven days.
“I took the book to see what I can do. But I don’t understand so much. I think I’ll look day by day to find out,’ he said.
In truth, stages 2, 3, 4 and 6 all suit him and so he could finally take his first win as world champion. Otherwise he will face further questions.
You can read more at Cyclingnews.com