The finale is a copy of two years ago, which means the race concludes with a moderate climb of 12 kilometres. The uphill begins with a section at 4.5% before an intermediate false flat continues to the last 2 kilometres at 4.7%. In 2017, Geraint Thomas attacked with Bob Jungels and Jonathan Castroviejo on the false flat, while Damiano Caruso leapt across. Thomas forged ahead alone and opened up a gap more than 20 seconds. The others were swept up by the peloton, where Tom Dumoulin set off in pursuit in the last kilometre, but the Dutchman fell 9 seconds short and the Welshman took the win.
Following a climb straight after the start the first half of this year’s 2nd stage is played out on the flat. The gradual climb to Castellina Marittima will bring a slight change of pace and the riders move through the village at an elevation of 371 metres after almost 100 kilometres in the saddle.
The highest point of the day – of the Tirreno-Adriatico even – is reached at kilometre 148. Serrazzano is located at 540 metres above sea level and at 47 kilometres from the line. An undulating descent leads to a short climb to Pomarance. The riders get a quick glance of the arrival town with almost 30 kilometres left to race.
The route continues furher downhill. Following a 2 kilometres ascent the riders move through Saline di Volterra. Two more left turns and the final climb on the Strada di Cerreto to Pomarance appears.
Tirreno-Adriatico 2019 stage 2: route, elevation, more
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