Stage 4 of the Tirreno-Adriatico NamedSport. The fourth stage of the race, organised by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport, runs from Montalto di Castro to Terminillo (Campoforogna), a distance of 187km. The last time the race arrived on the Terminillo, in 2015, Nairo Quintana won a spectacular stage in the snow, putting the seal on the final triumph in the Corsa dei Due Mari.
The ceremonial roll out started on schedule at 11:10. After crossing the 1,500m neutralised zone, the peloton, 172 riders strong, passed km 0 at 11.08.
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), Primoz Roglic (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo), Diego Rosa (Team Sky), Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) and Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates). Live data at: http://www.tirrenoadriatico.it
Montalto di Castro (11.00 – Start): clear skies, 12°C. Wind: moderate – 25kph, NE.
Terminillo (Campoforogna) (16.15 – Finish): clear skies, 0°C. Wind: moderate – 21kph, NE.
Stage 4 – Montalto di Castro – Terminillo, 187km
Finish: Piazzale Campoforogna, Terminillo – 16.15 circa
Race Headquarters: Palazzo del Turismo, Via dei Villini 33/35, Loc. Pian De’ Valli
1 – Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team)
2 – Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
3 – Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
POINTS AND TIME BONUSES
During the stage, 16 seconds of time bonus are up for grabs in the individual overall classification by time, a maximum of 22 points are available for the points classification, and 20 points for the King of the Mountains competition.
This is the hardest stage, ending with a summit finish. The route leads through the province of Viterbo, hitting the provincial capital, as well as Tuscania and Vignanello, taking in the first categorised climb in La Colonnetta, on the Monti Cimini. The course then runs apparently flat along the Via Flaminia, through Narni and Terni, then up the Marmore and across the Piana Reatina – including a short climb leading to Castelfranco) – up to Vazia where the last climb begins. The final ascent from Vazia to Mount Terminillo (Campoforogna) is 16.1km long, with an average 7.3% gradient, peaking as high as 12%
Stage 4’s final kilometres correspond to the final Mount Terminillo ascent. There are two long stretches with a constant slope of about 7.5-8%, separated by less than 2km with a 3-4% gradient in Pian di Rosce. While the two steep sectors have no punchy bits, neither do they feature no mild stretches. Over the last few hundred metres, the gradients are lower than the rest of the climb. The 200m long home stretch in Campoforogna is on 7m wide asphalt and on a 2-3% gradient.