Tirreno-Adriatico 2020 Route stage 4: Terni - Sassotetto

Tirreno-Adriatico stage 4Saturday 14 March - The Tirreno-Adriatico serves its Queen Stage on the fourth day of action. Following four intermediate climbs the final haul up is a 13.1 kilometres toil at 7.3% to Sassotetto. The race totals 204 kilometres.

The Sassotetto climb last featured in 2018, when Mikel Landa won at the snow-banked summit. The Spaniard outgunned Rafal Majka and George Bennett, while most other GC contenders finished 6 seconds down.

The route to the finish climb is completely different, though. Two years ago the 1,362 metres high climb was the ultimate test in a race with a lot of hills. In 2020, the riders climb to over 1,000 metres four times before tackling the final haul up.

The Passo della Somma serves as warm-up climb before the route continues to Pettino, a 15 kilometres climb at 6.5%. Up next is the Forca di Ancarano – 6.7 kilometres at 6.2% – and crested around the halfway mark.

Shortly after the descent the Santa Margherita looms, a 7 kilometres climb at 6%. The riders remain at altitude for a while in a undulating section leading past the Sanctuary of Macereto before a prolonged downhill leads to Caldarola.

Still 30 kilometres to go. A gently rolling ascent takes the riders to the foot of the finish climb. Two years ago, a breakaway with Mads Pedersen, Nicola Bagioli, Jacopo Mosca, Krists Neilands, Aleksandr Vlasov and Antoine Duchesne were 2 minutes ahead of the GC group when they started to climb. With 8 kilometres left Vlasov and Neilands were the last escapees to be reeled in before the GC battle was on.

Tirreno-Adriatico 2020 stage 4: route, profile, more

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