On March 9th, a team time trial will kick off the second, this year, European UCI World Tour stage race, Tirreno-Adriatico. 8-man squad of CCC Sprandi Polkowice will lineup at the start, with two Italians, who will have a chance to compete on their home soil.
It’s a big honor that we get the opportunity to compete in the most prestigious stage races, such as Tour de Pologne, Giro d’Italia, Volta a Catalunya and Tour de Suisse. Now we can add Tirreno-Adriatico to that list – Piotr Wadecki, sporting director of CCC Sprandi Polkowice, says. – After Giro, Il Lombardia and Milan-San Remo it’s another Italian World Tour event that we’ve been invited to.
Our riders are extremely motivated to perform well in Italy. Davide Rebellin and Simone Ponzi want to showcase their skills in front of their countrymen and will try to go for the stage win. Victor de la Parte will be our man for the general classification. There is one stage with mountain top finish and an individual time trial on the menu and that should suit him.
The roster will be rounded out by Łukasz Owsian, Jarosław Marycz, Nikolay Mihaylov, Leszek Pluciński and Adrian Honkisz, who is a late replacement for Maciej Paterski. 29-year old sustained a knee injury in Strade Bianche and had to skip the Italian stage-event. It’s still hard to predict how long his break from the bike will be.
Tirreno-Adriatico will begin with a 22,7-kilometer team time trial around Lido di Camaiore. A first test for the race favorites will be held the next day, as the finish will be located right behind the top of the 7km climb (max. gradient of 15%), in Pomarance. Following two stages are tailored for fast riders and on the fifth day of competition a “queen stage” will be played out. The peloton will face an uphill finish on a 13-kilometer climb to Monte san Vicino (avg. 6,6%, max. 13%). After the battle of climbers, sprinters will have their chance to shine again on the stage 6. 10-kilometer TT around San Benedetto del Tronto will wrap up the race and this is where the final general classification will be decided.
It will be the first time for the Polkowice-based squad to participate in this event, but two Italians on the “orange team” have been competing in it in their careers. Davide Rebellin has great memories from Tirreno-Adriatico, as he won it in 2001, and was 4th and 2nd on two other occasions. Simone Ponzi has taken part once, in 2012.
Lineup of CCC Sprandi Polkowice for Tirreno-Adriatico (March 9-15, 2.UWT): Davide Rebellin, Simone Ponzi, Adrian Honkisz, Victor de la Parte, Łukasz Owsian, Jarosław Marycz, Nikolay Mihaylov, Leszek Pluciński.
Program of Tirreno-Adriatico 2016:
Stage 1 (TTT) – Lido di Camaiore – Lido di Camaiore (22.7km)
Stage 2 – Camaiore – Pomarance (207km)
Stage 3 – Castelnuovo Val di Cecina – Montalto di Castro (176km)
Stage 4 – Montalto di Castro – Foligno (216km)
Stage 5 – Foligno – Monte san Vicino (178km)
Stage 6 – Castelraimondo – Cepagatti (210km)
Stage 7 (ITT) – San Benedetto del Tronto – San Benedetto del Tronto (10km)