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Organizers announce route of 2011 Tirreno-Adriatico

With Andy Schleck and Cadel Evans expected at the start, the 16.8km team time trial will also offer the year’s first good look at the Tour de France contenders’ form.

2011 Tirreno-Adriatico announcement, route map
The map outlining the route for this year's Tirreno-Adriatico.

Organizers today announced the route of the 2011 Tirreno-Adriatico, which takes place March 9-15. The weeklong Italian stage race is a primer for the first monument of the season, Milan-San Remo. With Andy Schleck and Cadel Evans expected at the start, the 16.8km team time trial will also open the year’s first good look at the Tour de France contenders’ form.

The Tyrrhenic coastal town of Marina di Carrara will host the stage 1 TTT and was the site of the route presentation by RCS Sport. Before riders reach the final-stage, 9.3km individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto, they’ll face a mix of days designed for the sprinters and climbers.

Stages 2 and 3 feature mild terrain and should see bunch finishes before the road tilts up for two 240km days, from Narni to Chieti and from Chieti to Castelraimondo. Three punishing climbs of the Madonna del Monte carry riders to a mountaintop finish in stage 6 near Macerata on the penultimate day.

The finale will bring riders to the Adriatic coast road in San Benedetto del Tronto for a short time trial. The time differences atop the GC are likely to be settled ahead of the TT, where the powerful classics riders will have an opportunity to blow their legs out ahead of La Primavera four days later.

RCS Sport operations director Mauro Vegni hoped to challenge the sprinters, time trialists and climbers in the 2011 edition of the race of the two seas.

“We tried to design a very varied Tirreno-Adriatico to give to leave space for any type of racer,” he said.

Among the riders joining Schleck and Evans will be defending overall champ Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone), world champion Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervélo) and 2010 Milan-San Remo winner Oscar Freire (Rabobank).

2011 Tirreno-Adriatico

Stage 1: Marina di Carrara TTT

Stage 2: Carrara-Indicatore-Arezzo

Stage 3: Terranuova Bracciolini-Perugia

Stage 4: Narni-Chieti

Stage 5: Chieti-Castelraimondo

Stage 6: Ussita-Macerata

Stage 7: San Benedetto del Tronto ITT

Overall winners since 2000

2010: Stefano Garzelli

2009: Michele Scarponi

2008: Fabian Cancellara

2007: Andreas Klöden

2006: Thomas Dekker

2005: Oscar Freire

2004: Paolo Bettini

2003: Filippo Pozzato

2002: Erik Dekker

2001: Davide Rebellin

2000: Abraham Olano