The UCI World Tour continues in Italy this week with Tirreno-Adriatico getting underway in the region of Tuscany on Wednesday.

Once again it will be 7 stages that make up the Italian stage race, with the familiar team time trial in Camaiore and individual time trial in San Benedetto book-ending the race.

Stages 2 through until 6 will not pass over any major mountains, but climbs a plenty will make this year’s Tirreno-Adriatico one for the puncheurs. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will look to start with a strong team trial performance, before targeting individual stage success.

Who to watch…

Tom-Jelte Slagter

The many climbs of this year’s Tirreno-Adriatico well suit the capabilities of a rider like Slagter. With a few opportunities to test his legs this week, look out for Slagter during any of the 5 road stages.

Steve Cummings

Based in Italy for most of his professional career now, Cummings is right at home on these Italian roads. Seeing a trademark “Stevo” attack on the final stage of Volta Algarve has left us us waiting eagerly in anticipation for what is to come from our British star at Tirreno.

He said…

“I am looking forward to Tirreno-Adriatico this year with Team Dimension Data. I have only done the race once before in 2013, so it is good to be back racing in Italy instead of France, where I usually am this time of the year. There are some a really nice stages here, where I hope to have good legs to either support our team goals or to take my own chance if that is part of our strategy.” – Tom-Jelte Slagter

Key stages

Stage 1 & 7 – with no mountain summit finishes this year, it looks as the time trial stages will play the biggest role in sorting out the GC contenders this year.

Stage 5 – of the road stages, stage 5 is probably where a rider can gain the greatest amount of time, or loss for that matter. The stage ends with 2 and a half laps around Recanti, with 2 climbs on the circuit. The final climb to the finish line is only 2.8km but it averages 8.8%.