Tirreno–Adriatico

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Tirreno–Adriatico
Tirreno–Adriatico logo.svg
Race details
Date Early to mid-March
Region Italy
English name Tyrrhenian-Adriatic
Local name(s) Tirreno–Adriatico (Italian)
Nickname(s) Race of Two Seas
Discipline Road
Competition UCI World Tour
Type Stage-race
Organiser RCS Sport
History
First edition 1966 (1966)
Editions 49 (as of 2014)
First winner  Dino Zandegù (ITA)
Most wins  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL) (6 wins)
Most recent  Alberto Contador (ESP)

Tirreno–Adriatico, the "Race of the Two Seas", is an elite cycle race following a route between the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic coasts of Italy. Traditionally held in the early part of the season, it is considered to be an important preparation for the Milan – San Remo classic road race. From 2005 to 2007, it was part of the UCI ProTour calendar, and was reclassified in 2008 as a UCI Europe Tour event, when organiser RCS withdrew all their events from the UCI's premier calendar. It became part of the UCI World Ranking calendar the following year.

First held in 1966, the race was held over three stages, which became five from the second edition in 1967 through to 1984. Since 1984 the race has consisted of six, seven or eight stages; since 2002 it is held over seven stages. From the second edition in 1967, the race has always finished in San Benedetto del Tronto.[1]

Roger De Vlaeminck holds the record for most wins, having won six consecutive editions (1972–77)[1] and it is one of the few cycling races that Eddy Merckx did not win.[2][3]

List of overall winners[edit]

Year Winner Stages Length (km)
1966  Dino Zandegù (ITA) 3 604
1967  Franco Bitossi (ITA) 5 1,068
1968  Claudio Michelotto (ITA) 5 1,037
1969  Carlo Chiappano (ITA) 5 946
1970  Antoon Houbrechts (BEL) 5 913
1971  Italo Zilioli (ITA) 5 985
1972  Roger de Vlaeminck (BEL) 5 884
1973  Roger de Vlaeminck (BEL) 5 582
1974  Roger de Vlaeminck (BEL) 5 781
1975  Roger de Vlaeminck (BEL) 5 816
1976  Roger de Vlaeminck (BEL) 5 882
1977  Roger de Vlaeminck (BEL) 5 809
1978  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) 5 864
1979  Knut Knudsen (NOR) 5 916
1980  Francesco Moser (ITA) 5 814
1981  Francesco Moser (ITA) 5 835
1982  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) 5 820
1983  Roberto Visentini (ITA) 5 857
1984  Tommy Prim (SWE) 6 1,043
1985  Joop Zoetemelk (NED) 6 1,011
1986  Luciano Rabottini (ITA) 6 981
1987  Rolf Sørensen (DEN) 6 936
1988  Erich Mächler (SUI) 6 930
1989  Tony Rominger (SUI) 7 1,071
1990  Tony Rominger (SUI) 8 1,041
1991  Herminio Díaz-Zabala (ESP) 8 1,317
1992  Rolf Sørensen (DEN) 8 1,166
1993  Maurizio Fondriest (ITA) 8 1,431
1994  Giorgio Furlan (ITA) 8 1,316
1995  Stefano Colagé (ITA) 8 1,422
1996  Francesco Casagrande (ITA) 8 1,370
1997  Roberto Petito (ITA) 8 1,162
1998  Rolf Järmann (SUI) 8 1,437
1999  Michele Bartoli (ITA) 8 1,412
2000  Abraham Olano (ESP) 8 1,249
2001  Davide Rebellin (ITA) 8 1,155
2002  Erik Dekker (NED) 7 1,049
2003  Filippo Pozzato (ITA) 7 1,235
2004  Paolo Bettini (ITA) 7 1,228
2005  Óscar Freire (ESP) 7 1,214
2006  Thomas Dekker (NED) 7 1,108
2007  Andreas Klöden (GER) 7 1,097
2008  Fabian Cancellara (SUI) 7 1,122
2009  Michele Scarponi (ITA) 7 1,095
2010  Stefano Garzelli (ITA) 7 1,229
2011  Cadel Evans (AUS) 7 1,075
2012  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) 7 1,063
2013  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) 7 1,060.1
2014  Alberto Contador (ESP) 7 1,034.6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Baroni, Francesco (2008). La Bicicletta. Mito, tecnica e passione. Edizioni White Star. p.238-239. ISBN 978-88-540-0635-5
  2. ^ "Tirreno–Adriatico Official Website – Palmares". Retrieved on 12 February 2013
  3. ^ (Italian) "Il Palmares di Eddy Merckx", MuseoCiclismo.it. Retrieved 12 February 2013

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