TV Show: 2009 Tirreno-Adriatico Race (Cycling)
Air Date: March 11-17, 2009
Network: Universal Sports (Highlight Coverage)
Commentators: Steve Schlanger & Todd Gogulski
Files: 2009 Tirreno-Adriatico Race.mpg (1.10GB)
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STAGE 1 DETAILS:
Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
Start And Finish: Cecina > Capannori
Distance: 147 km (91.34 Miles)
Stage 1 Profile: Stage 1 is the first of three stages in Tuscany. It starts from Cecina, the hometown of Paulo Bettini. The course is mostly flat with a few bumps, one them 16k from the finish. Expect a full on sprint finish among the best sprinters in the business. The weather forecast says there won't be a cloud in the sky, high 60F/15C.
STAGE 2 DETAILS:
Date: Thursday, March 12th, 2009
Start And Finish: Volterra > Marina di Carrara
Distance: 177 km (109.98 Miles)
Stage 2 Profile: Stage 2 is the second of three stages in Tuscany. Today's course profile is similar to yesterday's -- mostly flat with a few bumps and a decent climb over Monte Serra (at km 65) that gains 580m over 10km (that's 5.8% of course). I think everyone was surprised to see a break succeed on stage 1. I wonder how many riders are at T-A for training or to race. The weather forecast says there won't be a cloud in the sky again, high 59F/14C.
STAGE 3 DETAILS:
Date: Friday, March 13th, 2009
Start And Finish: Fucecchio > Santa Croce sull'Arno
Distance: 166 km (103.14 Miles)
Stage 3 Profile: Stage 3 is the last of the three stages in Tuscany. Today's course profile is flat so there is no excuse to get dropped before the sprint finish in Santa Croce sull'Arno. Today's course map looks like spaghetti. Once again the weather forecast says there won't be a cloud in the sky, high 60F/14C.
STAGE 4 DETAILS:
Date: Saturday, March 14th, 2009
Start And Finish: Foligno > Montelupone
Distance: 171 km (106.25 Miles)
Stage 4 Profile: Phone the neighbors and wake the family dog, coming up is the Queen Stage of this year's T-A featuring the very steep Montelupone climb (see photo above)... done twice.
STAGE 5 DETAILS:
Date: Sunday, March 15th, 2009
Start And Finish: Loreto Aprutino > Macerata
Distance: 30 km (18.64 Miles)
Stage 5 Profile: Small chance of rain today according to the weather forecast.
STAGE 6 DETAILS:
Date: Monday, March 16th, 2009
Start And Finish: Civitanova Marche > Camerino
Distance: 235 km (146.02 Miles)
Stage 6 Profile: This should be a good stage. It's very long -- 60k longer than any other stage at this year's T-A. Most of the route is rolling and hilly before the big climb of the day at km 192, the cat 1 Sasso Tetto. After the descent is some rolling terrain before the 4k upill finish to Camerino that has a 12% pitch near the finish. There is chance of rain earlier in the stage according to the weather forecast.
STAGE 7 DETAILS:
Date: Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
Start And Finish: S.Benedetto del Tronto > S.Benedetto del Tronto
Distance: 169 km (105.01 Miles)
Stage 7 Profile: The seventh and final stage of this year's T-A is up next. Stage 7 is pretty much a ceremonial stage with an easy loop and circuits around San Benedetto del Tronto. It will be worth checking out the end of this stage because there are many great sprinters still in the race. A nice sunny/clear although somewhat chilly day is forecasted.