Italians are referring to the 5th stage as the ‘Tappa dei Muri’, or the stage with the Walls. It would be better to speak of the finale with the Walls. On the road from Castelraimondo to Filottrano the riders do face a few climbs, yet the steep ones are saved for the finale. The stage concludes with a local circuit in Filottrano, which is raced two and a half times. Featuring ramps of up to 14%, the steep ascent to the arrival place is climbed three times.
The stage starts in Castelraimondo – arrival place in the 2015 Tirreno-Adriatico with a Wout Poels stage victory. A long and gentle descent takes the riders in 45 kilometres to the foot of the first climb. It leads to Montelupone and amounts to 4 kilometres while the average gradient is approximately 5%. A rolling section and a flat intermezzo run to Castelfidardo and then to Osimo, arrival place of the 11th stage in the coming Giro.
With almost 140 kilometres done the riders enter the Filottrano circuit. The finale is to commemorate Michele Scarponi. Last year, he was tragically killed after being hit by a van as he started a training ride from his home in Filottrano. He won Tirreno-Adriatico in 2009.
As said, the circuit is raced two and a half times and the climb up the ‘Wall of Filottrano’ is included three times. It starts with 2 kilometres at 5% and following a short dip the road continues to go up for 1 kilometre. In the finale the riders then turn right to leave the circuit and climb on to the line.
The first three riders on the line take time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the two intermediate sprints (at kilometre 58.5 and at kilometre 82.8) come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
The 5th stage of the 2018 Tirreno-Adriatico starts at 11:50 and the finish is expected around 16:15 – both local times. See also the scheduled times.
Tirreno-Adriatico 2018 stage 5: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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Details start 5th stage
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Details finish 5th stage
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