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by Mark Zalewski
December 16, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Trek-Segafredo convinced Tour de France win is still within Contador’s reach; With an eye to the future, Mollema targets Giro and commits to Contador in 2017 Tour; Bart Wellens on transition to managing a team; Stijn Vandenbergh ready for Roubaix; Rob Peeters out with flu; George Bennett diagnosed with mononucleosis; Matthew Busche announces retirement; Wegmann retires after 15 seasons; Matteo Tosatto on retirement: ‘I will not beg for a contract’; Compton, Hyde win USA Cycling Pro CX titles; Tirreno-Adriatico 2017 route announced; Cyclist attempting to cycle around Britain abandons attempt; Practice the post-up before winning.
The 2017 edition of Tirreno-Adriatico was announced to today and will route through many of the areas affected by the recent earthquakes.
The one-week stage race begins with a team time trial in Lido di Camaiore on the Tuscan coast, and will once again finish with a short time trial on the Adriatic coast. In between there will be plenty of challenges with more than 1,300 metres of climbing.
“The route follows the one proposed in recent years with the initial and final time trials, two sprint stages, two stages for finisseur, and an uphill finish that this year returns to the Terminillo,” race director Stefano Allocchio said at the presentation. “The formula we have proposed has been successful and gives the opportunity to all riders to better express their characteristics and, at the end of the seven stages, to crown a complete athlete at the highest level.”
Daniele Bennati, who is heading to Movistar next year, was on hand and indicated that his new teammate, Colombian Nairo Quintana, might include it in his racing programme.
“This is a race that both me and my fellow pro riders like a lot because it allows everyone to compete at their best. I will focus on sprint stages and I really like the individual time trial too where I have come second in the past.”