Two years ago Marcel Kittel sprinted to victory in Follonica and now the riders click into their pedals in the tourist site on the Tyrrhenian sea. The riders are off for a long and hilly day.
The first 50 kilometres are flat and then the route becomes more undulating until the climb to Manciano appears after 110 kilometres. The ascent is far from steep. The village is situated at an elevation of 389 metres.
Flat roads are rare after the caravan has moved through Manciano. The race is already near finishing place Saturnia and with 80 kilometres remaining the riders get a first taste of the Poggio Murella, a 3 kilometres climb at 7.5%. In itself not very remarkable, but the ascent is extremely irregular and just before the top it goes up at 15% for a few hundred metres.
Following a lumpy section the Poggio Murella re-appears in the finale. The punchy climb is crested with 8.5 kilometres out, which is mostly a descent, although the Poggio Capanne is a nasty uphill kicker and the final 2.5 kilometres rise at 3.4%.
The first three riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the intermediate sprint at kilometre 91 comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
Another interesting read: results 3rd stage 2020 Tirreno-Adriatico.
Tirreno-Adriatico 2020 stage 3: routes, profiles, more
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