Tirreno-Adriatico 2017 mapWhere: Italy
When: March 8-14 2017
Rank: UCI WorldTour

The 52nd edition of Tirreno-Adriatico takes place from March 8 to 14 2017, starting from Lido di Camaiore and working its way eastwards to San Benedetto del Tronto.

The route from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Adriatic Sea gives the event its nickname, ‘The Race of the Two Seas’, and also explains why the winner receives a replica of Neptune’s trident as a unique trophy.

Last year, the event’s key mountain stage with a summit finish in the Apennine Mountains was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions – snow and ice. This effectively prevented the climbers, such as Vincenzo Nibali,  from making a dent in the general classification, and the win was taken by Greg Van Avermaet (BMC).

It was Van Avermaet’s first WorldTour stage race overall victory, and the first for a Belgian in the race since Roger de Vlaeminck in 1977.

This year, RCS Sport will be hoping that weather won’t disrupt its race, particularly as the provisional start list includes a very strong selection of Grand Tour talent.

Nibali is set to return, and will face Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Mikel Landa (Team Sky), Fabio Aru (Astana), Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ). That’s arguably a better line-up than the concurrently running Paris-Nice (March 5-12) in France.

The race starts with a flat team time trial in Lido di Camaiore, then includes two rolling stages, two for sprinters, a mountain finish on Terminillo with an individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto to finish things off.

Quintana sealed overall victory in the 2015 edition of the race on the 16km Terminillo climb in tough, snowy conditions.

Tirreno-Adriatico 2017: Stages

Stage one, March 8, Lido di Camaiore, 22.7km (TTT)
Stage two, March 9, Camaiore to Pomarance, 228km
Stage three, March 10, Monterotondo Marittimo to Montalto di Castro, 204km
Stage four, March 11, Montalto di Castro to Terminillo, 171km
Stage five, March 12, Rieti to Fermo, 209km
Stage six, March 13, Ascoli Piceno to Civitanova Marche, 168km
Stage seven, March 14, San Benedetto del Tronto, 10.1km (ITT)

Tirreno-Adriatico 2017: Teams

Ag2r La Mondiale (France)
Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec (Italy)
Astana (Kazakhstan)
Bahrain-Merida (Bahrain)
Bardiani-CSF (Italy)
BMC Racing (USA)
Bora-Hansgrohe (Germany)
Cannondale-Drapac (USA)
Dimension Data (RSA)
FDJ (France)
Katusha-Alpecin (Switzerland)
Lotto-Soudal (Belgium)
LottoNL-Jumbo (Netherlands)
Movistar (Spain)
Nippo-Vini Fantini (Italy)
Novo Nordisk (USA)
Orica-Scott (Australia)
Quick-Step Floors (Belgium)
Team Sky (Great Britain)
Team Sunweb (Germany)
Trek-Segafredo (USA)
UAE Abu Dhabi (UAE)

Tirreno-Adriatico: Recent winners

2016 Greg Van Avermaet
2015 Nairo Quintana
2014 Alberto Contador
2013 Vincenzo Nibali
2012 Vincenzo Nibali
2011 Cadel Evans
2010 Stefano Garzelli
2009 Michele Scarponi
2008 Fabian Cancellara

Tirreno-Adriatico: Last year’s top ten (2016)

1. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing in 20-42-22
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff at 1 sec
3. Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx-QuickStep at 23 secs
4. Sebastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ at 24 secs
5. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ at 24 secs
6. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana at 29 secs
7. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixxx-QuickStep at 33 secs
8. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky at 39 secs
9. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 45 secs
10. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff at 48 secs

Key info: TV guide | Start list | Route guide
Previous editions: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012
Key riders: Vincenzo Nibali | Greg Van Avermaet | Nairo Quintana

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