In 2013, the Italian stage race, organized by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport, saw all the best riders in the world on its start line; the finale saw Vincenzo Nibali secure his second consecutive victory (ahead of his Giro d’Italia victory), ahead of Christopher Froome (the eventual winner of the 2013 Tour de France) and Alberto Contador. The 2014 route will see two time trial stages (one for teams and one individual), two sprint stages, two stages for climbers, and one for finisseurs.
The race comprises a team trial, three stages suited to the sprinters, two uphill finishes suited to the climbers, and a final individual time trial.
The pre-race “Top Riders” press conference takes place tomorrow, Tuesday 11 March, at 14.30 hours, at the Centro Civico, Largo Nonna Lucia 5 in Bolgheri – Castagneto Carducci (Livorno).
Pending final confirmation, the list of expected candidates for overall victory is long, and features the great majority of the world’s great stage racers. The peloton of the 2014 Race of the Two Seas also includes many of the world’s finest sprinters and stage poachers, as well as the finest time trial riders in the sport.
AG2R-LA MONDIALE (Domenico POZZOVIVO, Jean-Chistophe PERAUD)
ASTANA PRO TEAM (Michele SCARPONI, Janez BRAJKOVIC)
BARDIANI CSF (Sonny COLBRELLI, Enrico BATTAGLIN)
BELKIN PRO CYCLING TEAM (Robert GESINK, Bauke MOLLEMA)
BMC RACING TEAM (Cadel EVANS, Philippe GILBERT)
CANNONDALE (Ivan BASSO, Peter SAGAN)
FDJ.FR (Arnaud DEMARE, Arthur VICHOT)
GARMIN SHARP (Daniel MARTIN, Ryder HESJEDAL)
IAM CYCLING (Thomas LÖFKVIST, Heinrich HAUSSLER)
LAMPRE – MERIDA (Christopher HORNER, Diego ULISSI)
LOTTO BELISOL (Jürgen VAN DEN BROECK, André GREIPEL)
MOVISTAR TEAM (Nairo QUINTANA ROJAS, Adriano MALORI)
MTN – QHUBEKA (Linus GERDEMANN, Gerald CIOLEK)
OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP (Michal KWIATKOWSKI, Mark CAVENDISH)
ORICA GREENEDGE (Ivan SANTAROMITA, Michael MATTHEWS)
TEAM EUROPCAR (Pierre ROLLAND, Yukiya ARASHIRO)
TEAM GIANT – SHIMANO (Marcel KITTEL, Tom DUMOULIN)
TEAM KATUSHA (Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ, Luca PAOLINI)
TEAM NETAPP – ENDURA (Cesare BENEDETTI, Sam BENNETT)
TEAM SKY (Richie PORTE, Bradley WIGGINS)
TINKOFF SAXO (Alberto CONTADOR, Roman KREUZIGER)
TREK FACTORY RACING (Fabian CANCELLARA, Julian ARREDONDO)
As always, the definitive start list will be available after the Team Directors meeting on the eve of the race. A press communiqué will follow.
THE TIRRENO-ADRIATICO IN NUMBERS
The most successful winner of Tirreno – Adriatico is the Belgian Roger De Vlaeminck, who won six editions of the race, from 1972 to 1977, and since then holds the records for both the total number of wins and for the most consecutive victories. Before of the Nibali double in 2012 and 2013, Cadel Evans took the win and with it, the honour of being the first Australian to win it. The Corsa dei Due Mari has so far seen a perfect balance between Italian and foreign winners: 24 each, made up of: Italy (24 editions), Belgium 7, Switzerland 5, Spain 3, Netherlands 3, Denmark 2, Australia, Germany, Norway and Sweden: 1.