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Tirreno-Adriatico is exactly what it says on the tin; a race between the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic coasts of Italy. Nicknamed the ‘Race of the Two Seas’, it’s the alternative to Paris-Nice for many riders attempting to put their GC talents into practice.

Tirreno has, in the past, traditionally been considered the final preparation before Milan-San Remo later in the month, however it has certainly become a race to win in its own right.

Now in its 50th edition, in recent years the race has become infamous for its incredibly steep climbs, with winners over the last few years out-and-out climbers, where previously the race has lent itself more towards time-trialists and all-rounders.

The 2015 edition will see Alberto Contador line-up against 2014 Giro d’Italia winner Nairo Quintana and Tour de France 2014 winner Vincenzo Nibali. Chris Froome (Sky) had been scheduled to race, but withdrew from the startlist due to illness.

Where: Italy
When: March 11-17, 2015
Rank: UCI WorldTour

Key info: Start list | Preview | Who will win | Route guide

Key riders: Alberto Contador | Nairo Quintana | Vincenzo Nibali

Quintana Tirreno

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Nairo Quintana on stage seven of the 2015 Tirreno-Adriatico

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