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Stage 7, 13 Mar22: San Benedetto del Tronto – San Benedetto del Tronto, 159 KM

Phil Bauhaus and the grand finale of Tirreno-Adriatico

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Once again the Tirreno-Adriatico ends in San Benedetto del Tronto (56 times out of 57 with only the first edition ending to a different town). Today, contrary to what has happened in recent years, there is no short time trial but an affordable 159 km road stage. Enric Mas (Movistar), Tao Geoghegan Hart (INEOS Grenadriers) and Jhonatan Restrepo (Drone Hopper-Androni) didn’t start , after a difficult day yesterday and Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Education-EasyPost) was force to retire after crashing with others after just one kilometre. The stage was characterised by the long breakaway from kilometre 4 with 3 riders Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani-CSF), Jorge Arcas (Movistar) and Manuele Boaro (Astana Qazaqstan). The three touched a max lead of 3’30” at the 25km mark and the breakaway ended at – 7km (Tonelli got up at -15, Boaro and Arcas were caught at -7). No much more to report until the sprint, on a long straight stretch and against a wall of headwind. Israel-Premier Tech and Intermarché-Wanty tried to launch Giacomo Nizzolo and Alexander Kristoff. They went out too early, with 250 metres to go, with Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) trying to close the gap. At the end the success went to Phil Bauhaus 9Bahrain-Victorious rider), at Démare’s wheel, who founded the found a clear path and was able to deliver an unstoppable final 50 metres to take his first win of the season ahead of Nizzolo himself and Kaden Groves (BikeExchange-Jayco). Fourth and fifth Davide Cimolai (Cofidis) and Alberto Dainese (DSM), then we find Kristoff, Edvald Boasson Hagen (TotalEnergies), Olav Kooij (Jumbo-Visma), Démare and Matteo Moschetti (Trek-Segafredo). The final classification did not change from yesterday’s Carpegna double: Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates) wins the 57th Tirreno-Adriatico with 1’52” over Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo), 2’33” over Mikel Landa (Bahrain), 2’44” over Richie Porte (INEOS), 3’05” over Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe), 3’16” on Thymen Arensman (DSM), 3’20” on Damiano Caruso (Bahrain), 3’37” on Thibaut Pinot (Groupama), 3’51” on Pello Bilbao (Bahrain), 4’03” on Giulio Ciccone (Trek). Out of the 10 Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) at 4’20”, Romain Bardet (DSM) at 4’29”, Domenico Pozzovivo (Intermarché) at 5’16”, Rigoberto Urán (EF) at 6’33”, Marc Soler (UAE) at 6’42”, Victor Lafay (Cofidis) at 6’52”, Cristián Rodríguez (TotalEnergies) at 7’10”, Lorenzo Fortunato (Eolo-Kometa) at 7’28”, Wilco Kelderman (Bora) at 7’48” and Warren Barguil (Arkéa Samsic) at 8’33”, one second better than Miguel Ángel López (Astana), only 21st at the end. Full results here

The Tirreno-Adriatico 2022 will end with a sprinters’ stage around San Benedetto del Tronto. A mixed stage in its first part that then becomes entirely flat in the last 80km. The start is slightly uphill with a passage through Offida to reach a height that is then maintained with slight ups and downs through Rotella, Montedinove and Castignano. After the passage from Ripatransone, a long descent to Grottammare follows, where the riders will enter a final circuit of around 15km that is set to be repeated 5 times. The route of the circuit is mainly on straight and wide tarmac roads.. The last 3 kilometers take place on wide and mostly straight roads with some slight bends on medium-width roads in the first part. There is a last double bend about 1km from the finish. The finish line is on a 8m wide roadway with an asphalt surface.

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Novelty and tradition blend in the 57th edition of the Tirreno-Adriatico Eolo – scheduled from Monday 7th March to Sunday 13th – presented today at the headquarters of the Marche Region in Ancona. A cocktail of stages suited to the characteristics of every type of athlete, from time trialists to sprinters, from finisseurs to climbers. It opens with an individual time trial and closes with a finish for sprinters.

Stage 1, 7 Mar22: Lido di Camaiore (Individual Time Trial), 13.9 KM

The nobility of cycling bows again to Ganna

Filippo dominates the opening time trial of Tirreno-Adriatico, beating Remco Evenepoel and Tadej Pogacar for a great podium that inaugurate the beginning of the Corsa dei Due Mari.

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He had won the first two time trials of the year in France a month ago, between Étoile de Bessèges and Tour de la Provence; then a second place in the UAE Tour time trial behind Stefan Bissegger), but today Filippo Ganna took back the sceptre as the best time trial rider in the world. Alex Dowsett (Israel-Premier Tech) led the provisional classification for a long time with a 15’42” time until Kasper Asgreen (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), who was able to lower his limit to 15’41”. Nothing compared to the time that a few minutes later Filippo Ganna would have printed, 15’17” for the Time Trial World Champion. Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step) secured the second place with 15’28” and Tadej Pogacar was third a time of 15’36”. Among the rider aspiring to the General Classification there was some significant gaps: 41″ for Miguel Ángel López (Astana Qazaqstan), 42″ for Tao Geoghegan Hart, 47″ for Richard Carapaz, 51″ for Richie Porte (all three from INEOS), 52″ for Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo), 57″ for Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step), 1’01″ for Jakob Fuglsang (Israel), 1’02″ for Wilco Kelderman (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Rigoberto Urán (EF Education-EasyPost), 1’05” for Jai Hindley (Bora), 1’06” for Damiano Caruso (Bahrain-Victorious), 1’09” for Enric Mas (Movistar), 1’10” for Pello Bilbao (Bahrain), 1’15” for Domenico Pozzovivo (Intermarché-Wanty), 1’21” for Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo), 1’22” for Mikel Landa (Bahrain), 1’24” for Thibaut Pinot (Groupama), 1’29” for Romain Bardet (DSM). Full results here

The Corsa dei due Mari starts, as usual, from Lido di Camaiore but unlike the past years it will not be a road race to assign the first blue jersey, but a time trial of 13.9 kilometres. An Individual time trial consisting of two practically straight sectors that run outwards and backwards on the same roadway, punctuated by a slightly more complex and twisty halfway turning point. The route is straight for the first 5.6km until the turning point at Forte dei Marmi where the intermediate time check is taken. Then the route continues, with a narrow roadway and two right-angle bends (to the left) which, at 7.7km from the finish line, will take the riders back to the Forte dei Marmi seafront to return to Lido di Camaiore. The last 3 kilometres are flat, heading in a southerly direction, and consist of a long straight stretch which, at 1200m from the finish line, presents the only ‘technical’ challenge of the route. This consists of a right-left turn on a narrow roadway that leads to the final one kilometer-long straight. Arrival on asphalt, width 6.5m.

Stage 2, 8 Mar22:  Camaiore – Sovicille, 219 KM

In Sovicille Tim Merlier beats Olav Kooij and Kaden Groves, Peter Sagan is back

The classification remains unchanged with Filippo Ganna in the lead.

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A sprint in what seemed to us a marbles circuit, very beautiful in its development – after all, world sprinting is not built only on 20 metres wide roads – and the first seasonal victory of Tim Merlier, who had already found the way to leave his mark two years ago at the Corsa dei Due Mari. That’s the essence of what we saw today at the end of the very long stage number two of Tirreno-Adriatico 2022, the 219 km Camaiore-Sovicille, which changed practically nothing in the general classification. Full results here

A stage for sprinters that from Camaiore will take the group into the Sienese hinterland, precisely to Sovicille after 219 kilometres, to start the show. This is the longest stage of the 2022 edition, although there will be no differences in terms of the general classification. A mixed-terrain stage, undulating particularly in its second part. A departure from Camaiore leads the riders across the Pisan plain to Volterra, touching on Pisa, Ponsacco and Lajatico. The group will then enter the surroundings of Siena, with a series of ups and downs of varying degrees of difficulty until the riders reach Colonna di Montarrenti where a circuit of sorts begins. The race will pass through Rosia and, after a short stretch on the ss.223, will climb the hill of La Pineta before passing through Monticiano and reaching the San Galgano plain. Another climb to Chiusdino follows and then a short climb (Frosini) back to Colonna di Montarrenti. The riders pass through Rosia once more to reach a flat finish. The last few kilometres are virtually flat. There is a slight descent initially, followed by a slight ascent up to the finish. The last bend is situated about 3km from the finish. Arrival on asphalt, 7m wide roadway.

Stage 3, 9 Mar22: Murlo – Terni, 170 KM

Sprint finish Caleb Ewan beats Démare and Kooij

Before the sprint, twenty minutes of excitement from Tadej Pogacar haunting for bonus seconds at “Tragurdo volante” and attacking along with his teammate Soler, Alaphilippe and Geoghegan Hart.

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The 170km Murlo-Terni began with a six-man breakaway: Luca Rastelli (Bardiani-CSF), Edoardo Zardini and Mattia Bais (Drone Hopper-Androni), Mirco Maestri and Davide Bais (Eolo-Kometa) and Taco Van der Hoorn (Intermarché-Wanty). After accumulating up to 6’30” advantage, the peloton got closer and closer and with 47 km to the finish line the escapees were reeled in. Now UAE Emirates to pull hard and Tadej Pogacar started to focus on gaining seconds bonus at the intermediate sprint of Amelia (placed at -27km). The Slovenian found himself on the attack with team-mate Marc Soler, Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) and Tao Geoghegan Hart (INEOS Grenadiers). The quartet took half a minute advantage, but race leader team INEOS Grenadiers, Jumbo-Visma and Quick-Step closed the gap with the peloton now ready to prepare the sprint. Jacopo Guarnieri (Groupama-FDJ) put Arnaud Démare in a position to take the lead as he entered the final straight, a 200-metre stretch on cobblestones on which the Frenchman was unable to hold on to the line as Caleb Ewan emerged from behind with his usual ruthlessness. The last 50 metres of the Australian of Lotto Soudal were irrepressible and ended with the third victory of the season ahead of Démare himself and Olav Kooij (Jumbo), Nacer Bouhanni (Arkéa Samsic), Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix), Pascal Ackermann (UAE), Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain), Simone Consonni (Cofidis), Elia Viviani and Matteo Moschetti (Trek-Segafredo). Of note is the absence of Peter Sagan (TotalEnergies), who just didn’t take the start due to stomach problems. Full results here

An ideal stage for an early breakaway on a route full of traps and sudden ramps. A slightly undulating stage punctuated by short straights and flat stretches of rest. The first part of the stage features some noteworthy climbs such as the ‘La Foce’ and the road between Fabro and Ficulle. After Orvieto the stage finale begins, which remains challenging both in terms of elevation and terrain. After Amelia the riders face a long descent to enter the Narni and Terni plain. Wide and straight roads follow, with a sometimes well-worn road surface, but without excessive difficulty, leading to the finish line in the city centre of Terni on Corso del Popolo. The last 3km take place on wide, straight roads, sometimes with a central reservation present, interspersed with large roundabouts. Within the final kilometer, the riders will take a wide bend to the left on the flat. There is then a change from an asphalt surface to stone paving at the entrance to the 350m long finishing straight on a 7.5m wide road.

Stage 4, 10 Mar22: Cascata delle Marmore – Bellante, 202 KM

Tadej Pogacar continues to work his magic

He wins the Bellante stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico ahead of Jonas Vingegaard, takes the leader’s jersey and sends signals to all the favourites in… all the races!

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202 km for the fourth stage between Cascata delle Marmore and Bellante, with a final circuit. After around 20 kilometres the breakaway of the day took off, a 10-man action with a high concentration of quality: Lilian Calmejane (AG2R Citroën), Jasha Sütterlin (Bahrain-Victorious), Jhonatan Restrepo (Drone Hopper-Androni), Konathan Caicedo (EF Education-EasyPost), Diego Rosa (Eolo-Kometa), Einer Rubio (Movistar), Warren Barguil (Arkéa Samsic), Tsgabu Grmay (BikeExchange-Jayco), Chris Hamilton (DSM) and Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo). The outriders reached their maximum lead with 6′ at the stage halfway. At this point UAE Emirates took the reins of the game, and supported by Jumbo-Visma and Quick-Step Alpha Viny, began to close the gap. With 40 km to go Julian Alaphilippe acceleration launched the attack of Remco Evenepoel, who was promptly followed by Tadej Pogacar (UAE), Filippo Ganna and Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe). The quartet was soon reabsorbed by the peloton pulled by Jumbo and Bora and one by one all the early attackers where caught up with the exception of Quinn Simmons able to lead the race until 13 km to the finish line. The final climb saw an array of attack and counter attack including the one of Benjamin Thomas, Natnael Tesfatsion, Miguel Angel Lopez, Wilco Kelderman, Jhonatan Narvaez and Richie Porte. But with 500 metres to go Pogacar spread his wings and that was the end of the game. The UAE captain pulled away from everyone and arrived with open arms, with a two-second gap behind him. Full results here

A stage that crosses the Apennines and the first of three decisive stages gets underway. From the Marmore Falls, the route climbs first through the Forca di Arrone, then through the Valico Torre Fuscello (first GPM of the day), making up a stretch almost in constant ascent of about 33 km before reaching Leonessa and taking the Via Salaria to Posta. The route then it’s back on a gentle descent, after more than 80km, before reaching Ascoli Piceno. After A short climb to Maltignano follows, before entering the final circuit. From here the race gets really tough, 46km from the finish, when the first ascent to Bellante begins (4.2km at 5.8%; max 11%), where the finish line is located. Then begin the two laps of the final circuit, which after the finish line includes 8 km of descent and a substantially flat 8 km stretch that leads back to the foot of the final climb. Arrival on 7m wide tarmac.

Stage 5, 11 Mar22: Sefro – Fermo, 155 KM

Breakaway day, Barguil smiles again

On the Fermani walls Warren Barguil arrives alone and celebrated victory after two and a half years; Meurisse (Alpecin-Fenix) is second. The group let the attackers go and in the final little happens. Pogacar still leader, tomorrow’s decisive stage with the double climb of Monte Carpegna

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The day was was considered the perfect day for breakaways, so everyone went for it and the result was a first hour at an average speed of 45km/h punctuated by multiple attempts, splits in the peloton and finally the composition of the long awaited attack from afar, with Nelson Oliveira (Movistar), Valentin Ferron (TotalEnergies) and Clément Russo (Arkéa). With 88km to the finish line other nine riders came back to the front of the race: Benjamin Thomas (Cofidis), Xandro Meurisse (Intermarché-Wanty), Warren Barguil (Arkéa), Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo), Simone Velasco (Astana Qazaqstan), Jhonatan Restrepo (Drone Hopper-Androni), Davide Ballerini (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) Francesco Gavazzi and Vincenzo Albanese (Eolo-Kometa). At this point the peloton slowed down and the outriders took a margin of almost 4 minutes ahead on the ramps of Monte Urano (at -50). No much happened behind although the group were getting closer to the attackers. On the ramps of the first passage from Fermo (-21km), Barguil attacked crumbling the leading group with only Thomas, Meurisse, Velasco, Restrepo, Oliveira and Ferron able to follow him and with the peloton still two minutes behind. On the ramp of Madonna d’Ete the leading group still held oven one minute advantage on the GC favourites. Just 200 metres from the Gpm, Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step) took off, followed by Tadej Pogacar (UAE) and Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma). At -7, at the beginning of the following ramp, badly signaled, the trio went in the wrong direction and the rest of the best from the peloton reach them with Remco Evenepoel loosing ground and forced to recover 20 seconds. With only 5 km to the finish line a new attack of Barguil that was able to keep his leadership until the arrival. The rider of Arkéa obtained his first victory on Italian soil, preceding by 10″ Meurisse, 14″ Velasco and 15″ Oliveira. Then the group, anticipated by Porte at 26″ from the winner; at 28″ in order Pogacar, Vingegaard, Enric Mas (Movistar), Evenepoel, Hindley and Mikel Landa (Bahrain-Victorious); at 33″ Romain Bardet (DSM) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), at 35″ Domenico Pozzovivo (Intermarché-Wanty), Pello Bilbao (Bahrain), Giulio Ciccone (Trek), Damiano Caruso (Bahrain) and Thymen Arensman (DSM), at 38″ Miguel Ángel López (Astana). Full results here

This is a classic stage in the Marche region, the stage of the ‘muri’ – short, steep climbs best described as ‘walls’. It is characterised by two distinct parts. The first heads through the Apennines and, between km 20 and km 70, riders will with the climbs to Valico di Pietra Rossa, Grottaccia, Treia and Pollenza. The more demanding second part, with less than 60km to the finish line, start with the climb of Monte San Giusto (about 3 km at 5%) and Monte Urano, the first GPM of the day and one of the most challenging climbs (2.3 km at 7.8%; max 15%). Then after about ten flat kilometres riders will reach the foot of the Capodarco climb, 3.6 km at 5.9% and the final wall of about 500m with a maximum gradient of 19%.

Less than 4km and the road go up again with the wall of Fermo-Strada Calderaro climb, 850m at 12.6% and with a maximum of 21%. At the top you enter Fermo to resume climbing until Piazza del Popolo. The last 15km begins with the challenging climbs of Madonna d’Ete (2.2 km at 8.2% max16%) and a repeat of Fermo-Strada Calderaro with the climb that continues along narrow stone-paved streets, with gradients remaining high. With 750m to the finish line the final ramp of around 10% gradient (max 20%). In short, the last 30 km are tremendous and offer no respite. The finish line lies on a 6m wide asphalt surface.

Stage 6, 12 Mar22: Apecchio – Carpegna, 215 KM

Just stronger and stronger: Pogacar again!!!

Another masterpiece and another high point of Tadej Pogacar. The Slovenian champion attacks on the Carpegna and goes to win the most awaited stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico, the one of Carpegna, the training mountain ground of Marco Pantani. Pogacar made his move with 16 kilometres to go, and on the second climb of the Carpegna he took Vingegaard, Mas, Landa and Porte off his wheel and went on to win with a consistent advantage. Stronger on the climbs, better on the descents, more determined on the flat: Tadej Pogacar today was simply unbeatable. Behind him everybody struggled, Vingegaard and Landa were arguing on the last Carpegna ascent, Porte had some difficulty on the descent, Enric Mas had a nasty crash on a left-hand bend, Arensman, who was second overall, and especially Remco Evenepoel, who was already in difficulty on the first passage through Carpegna and who lost four minutes from today winner. Vingegaard was second, Landa third, Porte fourth, and Caruso fifth, and with them also arrived Hindley and Pinot. Pogacar leads the general classification followed by Vingegaard, Landa, Porte and Hindley. No changes are expected tomorrow for the conclusion of the race on much easier terrain. Full results here

Apecchio to Carpegna of 215 km is probably the hardest stage ever tackled by the Tirreno-Adriatico in recent years, with the double climb of Monte Carpegna (the arrival is downhill): the “climb of Marco Pantani”. The climb was nicknamed in this way for the many training sessions that the Pirate did before the big events. As the previous stage it is divided into two parts. The easier first part includes the GPM of Mombaroccio, Sant’Angelo in Lizzola (2 km at 8%) and the climb towards Urbino (5.5 km at 4%). Then the race returns to the valley floor around km 140, where a long falsopiano of 30 km begins. The second part presents the challenging final circuit of Cippo di Carpegna, to be repeated twice. 

Monte Carpegna, officially 6 km at 9.9% with peaks up to 14%, on the first passage, begins long before the town of Carpegna: from Frontino there is a climb of about 13 km at 7.3%. The last 3 kilometers are half downhill and half uphill, with the final 1500 m at about 3% with a short flat section in the last 400m. Arrival on asphalt, 7m wide. From the foot of the first Monte Carpegna ascent, the last 45 km are terrains where anything can happen, as there is no breathing space between the two climbs, not even the decidedly narrow and technical descent, which in turn can be a factor of spectacle and further selection

Stage 7, 13 Mar22: San Benedetto del Tronto – San Benedetto del Tronto, 159 KM

The Tirreno-Adriatico 2022 will end with a sprinters’ stage around San Benedetto del Tronto. A mixed stage in its first part that then becomes entirely flat in the last 80km. The start is slightly uphill with a passage through Offida to reach a height that is then maintained with slight ups and downs through Rotella, Montedinove and Castignano. After the passage from Ripatransone, a long descent to Grottammare follows, where the riders will enter a final circuit of around 15km that is set to be repeated 5 times. The route of the circuit is mainly on straight and wide tarmac roads.. The last 3 kilometers take place on wide and mostly straight roads with some slight bends on medium-width roads in the first part. There is a last double bend about 1km from the finish. The finish line is on a 8m wide roadway with an asphalt surface.

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