The first half of the route in the Tirreno-Adriatico is similar to last year’s 2nd stage. The route passes Pisa and continues further south before the roads start to climb slightly at kilometre 110. The first peak is crested in Serrazzano with 127 kilometres done and 20 rolling kilometres later the riders pass through arrival place Pomarance for the first time.
In Pomarance the riders plunge down to the foot of the next climb, which leads to the walled mountain top village Volterra. Following the descent a flat section of 20 kilometres runs to the next climb. This one goes to Montecatini Val di Cecina. The passage is at kilometre 205.7, so that’s a little more than 20 kilometres left to race.
The last 12 kilometres are uphill with moderate gradients. The first part at 4.5% and after a false flat intermezzo the last 2 kilometres are averaging 4.7%.
Last year, Zdenek Stybar powered to victory in Pomarance, yet on a different arrival. He attacked on the steepest sector of a punchy closing climb and held his ground. The Czech rider retained a tiny lead and bested Peter Sagan and Edvald Boasson Hagen by 1 second.
The first three riders on the line take time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the two intermediate sprints (after 143,1 en 145,6 kilometres) come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds each.
Tirreno-Adriatico 2017 stage 2: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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Start 2nd stage in Camaiore
Finish 2nd stage in Pomarance
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