Stage 5 of the Tirreno-Adriatico NamedSport. The fifth stage of the race, organised by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport, runs from Rieti to Fermo (210km). This is “wall climbing” stage, with seven steep climbs (“muri”) and an uphill finale.
Today the the race passes by many of the places hit by the recent earthquakes in central Italy. The Tirreno-Adriatico embraces all the people affected by this tragedy, as will the Giro d’Italia in May.
The ceremonial roll out started on schedule at 10:50 CET. After crossing the 7,000m neutralised zone, the 165 rider strong peloton passed km 0 at 11.06. Riders who did not start: dossards n.17 – Matteo Montaguti (AG2R La Mondiale), n.31 – Fabio Aru (Astana Pro Team), n.176 – Andrea Peron (Team Novo Nordisk) and n.177 – Romian Gioux (Team Novo Nordisk).
In today’s stage, the following riders will be equipped with the Velon data-tracking system: Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team), Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida), Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac), Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal), Andreay Amador (Movistar Team), Adam Yates (Orica – Scott), Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors), Juan José Lobato (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo), Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) and Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates). Their live data can be seen at: www.tirrenoadriatico.it.
Rieti (13.45 – Start): scattered clouds, 10°C. Wind: weak – 9kph, E/NE.
Fermo (16.00 – Finish): clear skies 12°C. Wind: weak – 7kph, E/NE.
1 – Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team)
2 – Adam Yates (Orica – Scott) at 33″
3 – Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) at 56″
Stage 5 – Rieti – Fermo, 210km
Finish: Piazzale del Girfalco, Rieti – 16.15 circa
Race Headquarters: Palestra Leti, Via Leti, Fermo
This will be a “wall climbing” stage, consisting of two separate parts. The first one runs through the Apennines, nearly up to the province of Fermo; the second one, approaching the finish and the final circuit, is wavier and more demanding, with seven steep climbs (“muri”). The route initially follows the Via Salaria, up to the Torretta pass, almost reaching Ascoli Piceno and heading towards the province of Fermo, rolling through a few side-valleys. The course runs past Venarotta (intermediate sprint), Montelparo (cat. climb) and Grottazzolina (intermediate sprint). The race takes a first pass around Fermo to clear the Capodarco categorised climb and, shortly after, the Fermo-Reputolo ascent, and then passes near the finish line. Here, the route follows a near-circle, covering around 22km, featuring two tricky climbs: Madonnetta d’Ete and Fermo-Reputolo, again.
The final kilometres run almost entirely uphill. The Reputolo climb (max gradient 22%) leads to urban Fermo; from here on, the route goes up steadily along the narrow and porphyry-paved city roads, at times with steep gradients. After a short descent 750m before the finish, the route ramps up again with gradients approaching 10% until the finish line, on a 6m-wide asphalt road.