Tirreno-Adriatico starts tomorrow; the unpredictable, sometimes fantastic, sometimes snowy, sometimes boring, springtime rival to the ASO’s Paris-Nice. I was unable to write a ‘Quick Picks’ for Paris-Nice but I can assure you I would have talked up Richie Porte (currently 15 minutes down) and Romain Bardet (currently sitting on his sofa eating croissants and reading
For the last few years March’s stage racing action has been my favourite outside the Grand Tours. The overlapping races of France and Italy attract everybody who’s anybody (almost) and act as preparation for the classics, the Giro or even the Tour. However, Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico are so much more than mere preparation. Tirreno-Adriatico has developed
With Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico marking the return of the World Tour, I’ve been looking into which riders have been racking up stage victories since the turn of the decade. What started as a rummage through http://www.procyclingstats.com ended up as a fixation on answering the question – which races have the greatest number of ‘home’ wins?
With March comes two of the first big UCI Stage Races of the Year; Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico. Though the former has history and prestige, Tirreno-Adriatico’s route across Italy attracted a host of the best climbers. The ‘Race of the Two Seas’ started and ended with a time trial and contained a Queen Stage that ended