In the Aula Magna of Recanati city council – birthplace of the poet Giacomo Leopardi which will host one of the most spectacular stages of the 2019 Race of the Two Seas, on Sunday 17 March – the 54th edition of the Tirreno-Adriatico NamedSport has been unveiled today. The race, scheduled from 13 to 19 March 2019, is organized by RCS Sport / La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The 2019 course is slightly different from recent editions, reminiscent of traditional Tirreno-Adriatico editions rich in muri – literally ‘walls’; very steep and short climbs. Muri feature throughout the 2019 course, with some gradients hitting 18% and above. There are hard climbs leading to Fossombrone, with the Cappuccini wall to be faced twice in the finale, plus walls in Recanati (the hardest one close to the finish line), and longer climbs in Pomarance from as early as Stage 2. A new addition is the dedication of a stage to wine: Stage 6, Matelica-Jesi, will be the Wine Stage, celebrating Verdicchio, the world-famous white wine produced in Le Marche. Unchanged from the last editions are the two Time Trials, the opening one for Teams in Lido di Camaiore and the final one for Individuals in San Benedetto del Tronto. The two stages dedicated to the fastest wheels in the peloton are those finishing in Foligno and Jesi.
Stage 1 – Lido di Camaiore (Team Time Trial) – 21.5km
Stage 2 – Camaiore-Pomarance – 189km
Stage 3 – Pomarance-Foligno – 224km
Stage 4 – Foligno-Fossombrone – 223km
Stage 5 – Colli al Metauro-Recanati – 178km
Stage 6 – Matelica-Jesi – 195km
Stage 7 – San Benedetto del Tronto (Individual Time Trial) – 10.1km
Discover more about the 2019 route, click here.
Mauro Vegni, RCS Sport Cycling Director, said: “This year we have decided to announce the route of the 2019 edition from the Marche Region again because, alongside Tuscany and Umbria, it will be one of the Italian Regions represented with start and finish locations. This year, as we’ve done in the Giro d’Italia in recent years, we’ve dedicated one stage to the local wine to put its world-renowned top quality Italian excellence under the spotlight. The Tirreno-Adriatico NamedSport is always one of the most fascinating races on the international scene; scrolling through the list of starters and the roll of honor of 53 editions, all the great champions are there. Being broadcasted to 193 countries across the five continents, and with more than 250 Italian and international media present, signifies that the Tirreno-Adriatico NamedSport has an audience that only a few races in the world can match.”
Stefano Allocchio, RCS Sport Race Director, said: “The route is slightly different from the one proposed in recent years with the initial and final Time Trials, two sprint stages and three stages for finisseurs. There would not be a hilltop finish without making the race less hard than in previous editions. 9,000 metres of vertical elevation and the many walls that the riders will face, in particular in the hilly part of Le Marche, will make for a well fought race. The formula we have proposed looks back to this race’s tradition and gives the opportunity to all riders to better express their character.”