Tirreno–Adriatico

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Tirreno–Adriatico
Tirreno-Adriatico logo.svg
Race details
DateMid March
Region Central Italy
English nameTyrrhenian–Adriatic
Local name(s)Tirreno–Adriatico (in Italian)
Nickname(s)La corsa dei due mari(in Italian)
The Race of the two Seas(in English)
Discipline Road
Competition UCI World Tour
Type Stage-race
Organiser RCS SportGazzetta dello Sport
Web site www.tirrenoadriatico.it OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
History
First edition1966 (1966)
Editions58 (as of 2023)
First winnerFlag of Italy.svg  Dino Zandegù  (ITA)
Most winsFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Roger De Vlaeminck  (BEL) (6 wins)
Most recentFlag of Slovenia.svg  Primož Roglič  (SLO)

Tirreno–Adriatico, nicknamed the "Race of the Two Seas", is an elite road cycling stage race in Italy, run between the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic coasts. Traditionally held in the early part of the season, it is considered to be an important preparation for the Giro d'Italia. It is part of the UCI World Tour, cycling's highest level of professional men's races.

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First held in 1966, the race was held over three stages. Since 2002 it is held over seven stages. Except for the first edition, the last stage has always finished in San Benedetto del Tronto on the Adriatic Seaside. [1] Belgian Roger De Vlaeminck holds the record for most wins with six consecutive victories in the 1970s. [1] [2] [3] Italian Francesco Moser also finished six times on the podium and won the race twice. [4]

History

The Tirreno–Adriatico was created in 1966 by the Lazio-based cycling club Forze Sportive Romane. [5] As all the illustrious Italian cycling races were held in Northern Italy, the race was named "Tre Giorni del Sud" (English: Three days of the South). The first edition was a three-day race, starting on 11 March 1966 in Rome and finishing two days later in Pescara. [4] Dino Zandegù won the inaugural edition. In 1967 the second edition was run over five stages, won by Franco Bitossi.

In the 1970s the young race manifested itself as an ideal preparation race for the monument classic Milan–San Remo which was run one week later. Belgian classics specialist Roger De Vlaeminck monopolized the race with six consecutive wins. After De Vlaeminck's reign, the race was the scene of the rivalry between Italian cycling icons Giuseppe Saronni and Francesco Moser, each winning the event twice. [4]

From 1984 to 2001 the race grew to an event raced over six to eight stages and the location shifted more towards northern Central Italy. Swiss time trial specialist Tony Rominger and Danish rider Rolf Sørensen won the race twice in the 1990s.

Since 2002 the Tirreno–Adriatico is raced over seven stages, starting on Italy's western, Tyrrhenian seashore and finishing in San Benedetto del Tronto on the Adriatic Sea. [4] In 2005 it was included in the inaugural UCI ProTour calendar, but was reclassified in 2008 as a continental tour event when organizer RCS Sport withdrew all its events from the UCI's premier calendar. Since 2011 it is part of the UCI World Tour.

In recent years the race regularly includes mountain stages in the Apennines and many Grand Tours specialists use it as an early-season test towards the stage races later in the year. Tour de France winners Vincenzo Nibali, Cadel Evans and Alberto Contador feature on the roll of honour of the Tirreno since 2010. [6] [7] Colombian climber Nairo Quintana won the 50th edition in 2015 and again in 2017. [8] [9]

The 2020 event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [10]

Route

Route of the 2012 Tirreno-Adriatico Tirreno Adriatico 2012.png
Route of the 2012 Tirreno–Adriatico

In its early years Tirreno–Adriatico often started close to Rome and even Naples. Since the 1990s the start is usually higher up in seaside resorts on the Tuscan coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea, before crossing the spine of the Italian peninsula to its eastern coast on the Adriatic Sea. Raced over seven days, there are several stages for sprinters, some for climbers, usually one or two time trials and at least one uphill sprint finish for puncheurs. [11]

The route of the 2015 edition is exemplary for the trend to suit stage racers. In recent years the race starts on Wednesday with a short team time trial or prologue and continues with stages for the sprinters and a stage ending in a short hilltop finish. The middle stages – raced over the weekend – are the high mountain stages of the event. [12] In 2015, the Saturday stage ended with a 14 km climb towards the top of Selva Rotonda before the Sunday stage which ended in an uphill finish with slopes of more than 25%. [11] The Tirreno finishes midweek, on Tuesday, in San Benedetto del Tronto in the province of Ascoli Piceno, in the Marche region.

Trophy and leader's jersey

Since 2010, the overall winner of Tirreno–Adriatico is presented with a large gilded trident, the weapon associated with Neptune, the Roman god of the sea. [13] Owing to the event's coast-to-coast format, it is officially named the Sea Master Trophy. In the days preceding the race, the trophy is ceremonially raised from the Tyrrhenian Sea by divers of the Italian Coast Guard. In keeping with the marine theme, the general classification leader's jersey is blue.

List of overall winners

YearWinnerStagesDistance (km)
1966 Flag of Italy.svg  Dino Zandegù  (ITA)3604
1967 Flag of Italy.svg  Franco Bitossi  (ITA)51,068
1968 Flag of Italy.svg  Claudio Michelotto  (ITA)51,037
1969 Flag of Italy.svg  Carlo Chiappano  (ITA)5946
1970 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Antoon Houbrechts  (BEL)5913
1971 Flag of Italy.svg  Italo Zilioli  (ITA)5985
1972 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Roger De Vlaeminck  (BEL)5884
1973 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Roger De Vlaeminck  (BEL)5582
1974 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Roger De Vlaeminck  (BEL)5781
1975 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Roger De Vlaeminck  (BEL)5816
1976 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Roger De Vlaeminck  (BEL)5882
1977 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Roger De Vlaeminck  (BEL)5809
1978 Flag of Italy.svg  Giuseppe Saronni  (ITA)5864
1979 Flag of Norway.svg  Knut Knudsen  (NOR)5916
1980 Flag of Italy.svg  Francesco Moser  (ITA)5814
1981 Flag of Italy.svg  Francesco Moser  (ITA)5835
1982 Flag of Italy.svg  Giuseppe Saronni  (ITA)5820
1983 Flag of Italy.svg  Roberto Visentini  (ITA)5857
1984 Flag of Sweden.svg  Tommy Prim  (SWE)61,043
1985 Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Joop Zoetemelk  (NED)61,011
1986 Flag of Italy.svg  Luciano Rabottini  (ITA)6981
1987 Flag of Denmark.svg  Rolf Sørensen  (DEN)6936
1988 Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg  Erich Mächler  (SUI)6930
1989 Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg  Tony Rominger  (SUI)71,071
1990 Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg  Tony Rominger  (SUI)81,041
1991 Flag of Spain.svg  Herminio Díaz-Zabala  (ESP)81,317
1992 Flag of Denmark.svg  Rolf Sørensen  (DEN)81,166
1993 Flag of Italy.svg  Maurizio Fondriest  (ITA)81,431
1994 Flag of Italy.svg  Giorgio Furlan  (ITA)81,316
1995 Flag of Italy.svg  Stefano Colagé  (ITA)81,422
1996 Flag of Italy.svg  Francesco Casagrande  (ITA)81,370
1997 Flag of Italy.svg  Roberto Petito  (ITA)81,162
1998 Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg  Rolf Järmann  (SUI)81,437
1999 Flag of Italy.svg  Michele Bartoli  (ITA)81,412
2000 Flag of Spain.svg  Abraham Olano  (ESP)81,249
2001 Flag of Italy.svg  Davide Rebellin  (ITA)81,155
2002 Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Erik Dekker  (NED)71,049
2003 Flag of Italy.svg  Filippo Pozzato  (ITA)71,235
2004 Flag of Italy.svg  Paolo Bettini  (ITA)71,228
2005 Flag of Spain.svg  Óscar Freire  (ESP)71,214
2006 Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Thomas Dekker  (NED)71,108
2007 Flag of Germany.svg  Andreas Klöden  (GER)71,097
2008 Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg  Fabian Cancellara  (SUI)71,122
2009 Flag of Italy.svg  Michele Scarponi  (ITA)71,095
2010 Flag of Italy.svg  Stefano Garzelli  (ITA)71,229
2011 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Cadel Evans  (AUS)71,075
2012 Flag of Italy.svg  Vincenzo Nibali  (ITA)71,063
2013 Flag of Italy.svg  Vincenzo Nibali  (ITA)71,060
2014 Flag of Spain.svg  Alberto Contador  (ESP)71,034
2015 Flag of Colombia.svg  Nairo Quintana  (COL)71,006
2016 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Greg Van Avermaet  (BEL)6851
2017 Flag of Colombia.svg  Nairo Quintana  (COL)71,030.7
2018 Flag of Poland.svg  Michał Kwiatkowski  (POL)7992.5
2019 Flag of Slovenia.svg  Primož Roglič  (SLO)71,048.5
2020 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Simon Yates  (GBR)81,138.1
2021 Flag of Slovenia.svg  Tadej Pogačar  (SLO)71,104.1
2022 Flag of Slovenia.svg  Tadej Pogačar  (SLO)71,133.9
2023 Flag of Slovenia.svg  Primož Roglič  (SLO)71,170.5

Multiple winners

WinsRiderEditions
6Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Roger De Vlaeminck  (BEL) 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977
2Flag of Italy.svg  Giuseppe Saronni  (ITA) 1978, 1982
Flag of Italy.svg  Francesco Moser  (ITA) 1980, 1981
Flag of Denmark.svg  Rolf Sørensen  (DEN) 1987, 1992
Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg  Tony Rominger  (SUI) 1989, 1990
Flag of Italy.svg  Vincenzo Nibali  (ITA) 2012, 2013
Flag of Colombia.svg  Nairo Quintana  (COL) 2015, 2017
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Primož Roglič  (SLO) 2019, 2023
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Tadej Pogačar  (SLO) 2021, 2022

Wins per country

WinsCountry
24Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
8Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
5Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg  Switzerland
4Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia, Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
3Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
2Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia, Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
1Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia, Flag of Germany.svg  Germany, Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain, Flag of Norway.svg  Norway, Flag of Poland.svg  Poland, Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden

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