Tirreno-Adriatico may not have the glamour that Paris-Nice possesses, but it provides an equally searching examination of a stage racer’s all-round ability and can also boast being the platform on which Cadel Evans built his 2011 Tour de France-winning campaign. As such, the ‘Race of the Two Seas’ is an easily underestimated gem in a busy month of racing.
What kind of race is it?
This year sees the 47th running of Tirreno-Adriatico. As its name suggests, the week-long race follows a west-to-east route between Italy’s Tyrrhenian and Adriatic coasts, crossing over the Apennine mountains which run down Italy’s spine.