Tirreno-Adriatico 2013 Preview – Stage 5

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The second and last mountain stage of Tirreno-Adriatico starts from Ortona and ends in Chieti on 10th March, Sunday and favors Peter Sagan more than anybody else. Expect a bunch sprint from a select group shaped on the ascent and descent of Passo Lanciano.

Last year, it was Peter Sagan outsprinting Roman Kreuziger, Vincenzo Nibali and some other GC riders in the final meters. In 2010 and 2011, Michele Scarponi won the stage but Sagan was in Paris-Nice that time instead. Only Joaquim Rodriguez can have a chance against Sagan if he keeps up with the front group on the descent.

It will be an interesting day for GC qualification as well. Michal Kwiatkowski is a very good time-trialist in GC standards so if he keeps the “Maglia Azzurra” at the end of the day, the 22-year-old Polish may very well grab his first World Tour title.

Last 2 climbs before Ultimo KM

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Tirreno-Adriatico 2013 – Introduction

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Tirreno-Adriatico will be held between March 6 and 12 this year. This year’s race consists of seven stages including both indivual and team-time trials.

The 16.9 km long team-time-trial will serve as a teams presentation much like last year’s Vuelta, but the final 9.2 km long flat individual time-trial will decide whether the rider wearing the blue jersey will keep it or not. We have 2 stages for sprinters, 2 for classics man preparing specifically for Milan-San Remo and a real mountain-top finish in Prati di Tivo which was won by Vincenzo Nibali 16 seconds ahead of Roman Kreuziger.