Stage 3 of the Tirreno-Adriatico NamedSport. The third stage of the race, organised by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport, runs from Monterotondo Marittimo to Montalto di Castro, a distance of 204km. The stage is fast and wavy, suited to end in a bunch sprint.
The ceremonial roll out started on schedule at 11:15. After crossing the 2,000m neutralised zone, the peloton, 172 riders strong, passed km 0 at 11.21. Did not start: dossard n. 56 – Alessadro Tonelli (Bardiani – CSF)
In today’s stage, the following riders will be equipped with the Velon data-tracking system: Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac), Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal), Andreay Amador (Movistar Team), Adam Yates (Orica – Scott), Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), Primoz Roglic (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo), Elia Viviani (Team Sky), Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) and Sacha Modolo (UAE Team Emirates). Live data at: http://www.tirrenoadriatico.it
Stage 3 – Monterotondo Marittimo – Montalto di Castro, 204km
Finish: Via Aurelia Tarquina, Montalto di Castro – 16.15 Approx.
Headquarters: Complesso Monumentale San Sisto, Via Tirrenia 14, Montalto di Castro
1 – Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team)
2 – Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
3 – Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
The stage is fast and wavy, suited to end in a bunch sprint. However, sprinters will have to prove they really deserve to win. The route starts mostly downhill and runs through the geothermal area, heading for Massa Marittima. Once the road has flattened out, the route heads south and towards the Maremma, reaching Grosseto. After clearing the first categorised climb in Scansano, the course follows the constant, moderate undulations leading through some quaint tufa limestone villages, up to Pitigliano. A very long sprint follows, descending all the way to the finish line in Montalto di Castro.
After a first downhill stretch, a short climb (with 3-4% gradients) leads to the heart of Montalto di Castro, marking the beginning of the home straight, with just a mild bend and running slightly uphill (with 2-3% gradients) on asphalt road.
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