CAMAIORE, Italy — Tirreno-Adriatico celebrates its 50th running in 2015, and organizers announced the race route on Thursday. The seven-day stage race will be held March 11-17.
In announcing the route for its silver anniversary, Tirreno-Adriatico remembered past champions of the race, including: Dino Zandegù, the first winner in 1966, Roger De Vlaeminck (six-time consecutive winner), Francesco Moser, Tony Rominger, Maurizio Fondriest, Abraham Olano, Paolo Bettini, Oscar Freire, Fabian Cancellara, Michele Scarponi, Cadel Evans, and more recently, Vincenzo Nibali (2012 and 2013), and reigning champion Alberto Contador.
“Tirreno-Adriatico is one of the races that made the history of this sport and that will keep on making it,” said RCS Sport’s head of cycling, Mauro Vegni. “This is shown by the repeated participation of the best riders in the world and continuous interest of big brands in sponsoring the event; every year more and more councils ask us about being part of the course too.”
The 2015 race is expected to draw Nibali (Astana), Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), and Chris Froome (Sky) out for a pre-Tour de France test, along with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), winner of the 2014 WorldTour.
2015 race route
Tirenno-Adriatico will start from Camaiore’s renowned Lido, in the Italian Versilia region, with a 22.7km team time trial.
Stage 2 will also start in Camaiore and finish in Cascina, covering 153 kilometers of mostly flat terrain.
Cascina will be the start of stage 3 and will finish in Arezzo, after 203 kilometers, on the same climb that saw Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) beat Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-Quick Step) last year.
Saturday’s stage 4 will be deceptively challenging, held predominantly between the Umbrian and Le Marche regions. The stage will start in Indicatore (Arezzo) and includes four king of the mountain climbs: Foce dello Scopetone, Poggio San Romualdo, Monte San Vicino, and Crispiero, which comes just before the short descent to Castelraimondo, where the race finishes after 218km.
The 194-kilometer queen stage will be held on Sunday, starting from Esanatoglia and finishing on the 5,495-foot Monte Terminillo climb, with two KOMs along the way (Passo Sallegri and Le Arette).
“This is a really compelling course, and the stage ending at the top of Monte Terminillo is perfect for Contador,” said Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff-Saxo).
The penultimate stage is ideal for sprinters, a 210-kilometer dash from Rieti to Porto Sant’Elpidio.
The “Race of the Two Seas” will finish again in San Benedetto del Tronto, with a final-day, 10km individual time trial.
“For 2015, we created a course that, as in previous editions, will test every type of rider,” said Tirreno-Adriatico race director, Stefano Allocchio. “Participation will be extraordinary as usual. Contador, Nibali, Froome, Valverde, Rodriguez, just to give you some names, have all programmed to take part at the race already and I’m certain the spectacle will be guaranteed.”