Tirreno-Adriatico 2019 Route stage 4: Foligno – Fossombrone

Saturday 16 March - At 221 kilometres, the 4th stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico is a war of attrition. Running from Foligno to Fossombrone, the route is marked by steep climbs on narrow roads. Think Liège-Bastogne-Liège in Italy.

The race is emblematic for the 2019 edition of the Tirreno-Adriatico. No long climbs, instead the route is dotted with short and sharp ascents making it a tough stage indeed. Possibly the hardest of this edition.

Starting from Foligno, the route follows an undulating, uncomplicated course in the first half. Around the halfway mark the race brushes by Fossombrone for the first time before the Race of the Two Seas starts to bare its teeth. In the second half the route takes in a series of walls on narrow country roads across the Marche. Positioning is everything. And, of course, good legs.

With almost 20 kilometres remaining the riders enter a circuit around Fossombrone, which is raced twice. It includes a double pass over the Muro dei Cappuccini, a double digit climb with its crest 5.6 kilometres before the line in Fossombre. The finale is a flying descent.

The first three riders on the line win time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while two intermediate sprints (at kilometre 163 and at kilometre 202.6) come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds. The second sprint is located right in front of the first haul up ‘I Cappuccini’.

Another interesting read: results/race report 4th stage 2019 Tirreno-Adriatico.

Tirreno-Adriatico 2019 stage 4: route, elevation, more

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