A “Tirreno” with many “walls”
It will be a different Tirreno-Adriatico with many short and steep climbs – some of the walls have slopes close to 18% – and without long climbs. The battle for the Overall should be more open not only to more traditional ranking men, but also to riders with different characteristics. The program also includes the TTT of Lido di Camaiore and the final ITT of San Benedetto, as well as two stages dedicated to sprinters.
The “Race of the Two Seas” is a race that really appeals to Rohan Dennis, last year winner of the last stage: “I’m pretty motivated to help the TT team and also the final TT – says the Australian rider – the rest is all about maximizing the benefit I get from helping the team in the road races for the upcoming races.
Last year he was second in the GC, the Italian Damiano Caruso would like to repeat the brilliant performance: “My condition is similar to last year if not better. The crash at the Uae Tour has slowed me a bit, but I think I can make a good Tirreno. Only thing, it’s pity for me that there are no big climbs”.
For SD Gorazd Stangelj “with this year’s route, the race should be much more open. It will be very important to have a good start with TTT on Wednesday and then manage the day by day race. For the Overall, I would focus on Vincenzo Nibali and Damiano Caruso, while Rohan Dennis will make a big contribution in the two time trials “.
TBM’s line-up for Tirreno-Adriatico: Vincenzo Nibali, Damiano Caruso, Rohan Dennis, Phil Bauhaus, Jan Tratnik, Matej Mohoric and Marcel Sieberg.