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Tirreno-Adriatico 2018 route pays tribute to Michele Scarponi

This article is originally from Cycling Week

Bookended by time trials with a tough summit finish on stage four

The Tirreno-Adriatico 2018 route will feature a finish in the home town of Michele Scarponi as the 53rd edition of the race pays tribute to the Italian rider who died last year.

The race, which covers 982km in total with 11,000 metres of elevation, will be bookended with time trials.

The ‘Race of the Two seas’ will open with a team time trial on Wednesday, March 7 in Lido di Camaiore and reach its finale with an individual race against the clock on Tuesday, March 13.

Stage four will feature a summit finish on the 1,345m Sassotetto, whilst the fifth stage will finish in Filottrano, in tribute to Scarponi.

The Italian rider stood upon the final podium three times over the course of his career, winning the race in 2009, then coming second in 2010 and third in 2011. His sister and brother, Silvia and Marco, attended the route announcement.

2018 Tirreno Adriatico route

The 2017 race was won by Nairo Quintana, who also claimed a stage win along the way – he also won in 2015, matching Vincenzo Nibali’s success rate of two in 2012 and 2013.

Stefano Allocchio, RCS Sport race director, said: “The route follows the one proposed in recent years with the initial and final time trials, two sprint stages, two stages for finisseurs and an uphill finish, this year on the Sassotetto.

“The formula we have proposed has been successful and gives

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