On the eve of the start of the 54th Tirreno-Adriatico NamedSport, the race organised by RCS Sport / La Gazzetta dello Sport from 13 to 19 March, five of the biggest names in racing spoke about their ambitions and expectations: Geraint Thomas (2018 Tour de France winner), Tom Dumoulin (2017 Giro d’Italia winner and second in both the Giro and Tour in 2018), Vincenzo Nibali (two-times Giro winner, 2013 and 2016, 2014 Tour winner and 2010 Vuelta a España winner), Primoz Roglic (winner of the 2019 UAE Tour) and Julian Alaphilippe (winner of last Saturday’s Strade Bianche). The Corsa dei Due Mari (Race of the Two Seas) starts tomorrow with the 21.5km Team Time Trial at Lido di Camaiore.
The first team to start will be AG2R La Mondiale at 14.00. The last team to start will be Mitchelton-Scott at 15.50. Attached is the start list and the starting order of the Team Time Trial.
Geraint Thomas, Team Sky, said: “I was better at this time last year but I’ve improved my condition and we’re here with a strong team for the Team Time Trial. Stage 1 is definitely more open this year. Five or six teams can win it. It’s nice to have Filippo Ganna as a late inclusion in our line-up after he won the individual pursuit at the Track World Championships.”
Tom Dumoulin, Team Sunweb, said: “I’ve had a little time to recover from my crash at the UAE Tour. I took it easy since then and I’m ready to fight for Tirreno-Adriatico now. There’s no long climb on the course this year but the Marche region is also very difficult for bike racing. I love to race there too. Jumbo-Visma was very strong at the UAE Tour. They’re here with the same team but I hope we can have a very strong TTT as well, and we’ll take it from there.”
Vincenzo Nibali, Bahrain – Merida, said: “We’ll try to interpret the Team Time Trial the best we can. The two time trials are important to define the overall classification. The opening time trial will help to understand what can be our goal on GC.”
Primoz Roglic, Team Jumbo – Visma, said: “We’ve had a nice start at the UAE Tour: our team was really strong. It was quite hard for me to defend the jersey. I needed to rest well after that. Now we’re ready for Tirreno-Adriatico with the whole team. I’m looking forward to it!”
Julian Alaphilippe, Deceuninck – Quick-Step, said: “This is my first participation at Tirreno-Adriatico. I’m really excited to start this race. After the victory at Strade Bianche, I know I’m in good shape. The TTT is very important. We’re here to try and win some stages with Elia [Viviani] and me. After Stage 1, we’ll see if something can be done on GC as well.”
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