Good morning from Stage 3 of the Tirreno-Adriatico NamedSport. The second in-line stage of the race, organised by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport, runs from Pomarance to Foligno (226km). The course looks ideal to set up a bunch sprint.
After crossing the neutralised zone, the peloton of 158 riders passed km 0 at 11:04. Did not start
Pomarance (11:00 – Start): Partly Cloudy 14°C. Wind: moderate – 18kmh, W.
Foligno (16:30 – Finish): Mostly Sunny 17°C. Wind: weak – 11kmh, S.
1 – Adam Yates (Mitchelton – Scott)
2 – Brent Bookwalter (Mitchelton – Scott) s.t.
3 – Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo – Visma) at 7″
Maglia Azzurra (blue), general classification leader, sponsored by Gazprom – Adam Yates (Mitchelton – Scott)
Maglia Arancione (orange), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Sportful – Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step)
Maglia Verde (green), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Enel – Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step). Worn by Natnael Berhane (Cofidis, Solutions Credits)
Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Open Fiber – Laurens De Plus (Team Jumbo – Visma)
POINTS AND TIME BONUSES
During the stage, 16 seconds of time bonuses are up for grabs in the individual overall classification by time, a maximum of 22 points are available for the points classification, and 10 points for the King of the Mountains competition.
Stage 3 – Pomarance – Foligno 226km
The route is very long and quite wavy in the first part, where it follows the undulations of the territory of Siena and takes in categorised climbs up Passo del Rospatoio and Passo della Foce. Past Chiusi, the route levels out and rolls along the Trasimeno plain on mainly straight roads (narrow at points), all the way to Foligno.
The final kilometres are quite uncomplicated up to 2,500m from the finish. From here on, a series of bends leads all the way to the home straight, and the road narrows at points. There is just one last slight bend 500m before the finish. The home straight is 160m long on 7m-wide tarmac.
The Crete Senesi is located in the the area south-east of Siena, which includes the municipal territories of Asciano, Buonconvento, Monteroni d’Arbia, Rapolano Terme, Montalcino and Trequanda. The name derives from the clay, present in the ground, which gives the landscape a lunar appearance. Typical shapes of the terrain are the calanques (“calanchi”), the flounces (“balze”) and the biancane. The area is known for the production of the white truffle, and hosts a festival and a museum both dedicated to the so-called “diamond of the Crete”.