Tirreno-Adriatico 2020 Route stage 4: Terni - Sassotetto

Tirreno-Adriatico stage 4Friday 11 September - The Tirreno-Adriatico serves its Queen Stage on the fourth day of action. Following a string of intermediate climbs the final haul up is a 13.2 kilometres toil at 7.3% to Sassotetto. The race totals 211 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 two times before tackling the final haul up.

The route starts to climb once the flag is dropped. The riders move through Valico della Somma after 12.5 kilometres before descending to the foot of the Forca di Cerro. This is a 9.4 kilometres climb at 4.2% with its summit after 33 kilometres.

A relatively calm phase leads onto the Forca di Ancarano – 6.7 kilometres at 6.2% – and crested way before the halfway mark. At the end of a long descent the riders pick up their supplies and continue onto the Santa Margherita. Following this 7 kilometres climb at 6% the Tirreno remains at altitude couple of kilometres. An undulating section leads past the Sanctuary of Macereto before a prolonged downhill flies down to Caccamo.

Still 60 kilometres to go. Via uphill drags to San Ginesio (6.3 kilometres, max 8%) and Gualdo (6.5 kilometres, max 13%) the riders reach the foot of the finish climb. Two years ago, a breakaway with current World Champion 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.

The ascent to Sassotetto is 13.2 kilometres long and the average gradient sits 7.3%. The section from 8 kilometres until 2 kilometres before the line rises at 8.6% and features a stretch at 13%.

The first three riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the intermediate sprint at kilometre 117.9 comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.

Tirreno-Adriatico 2020 stage 4: routes, profiles, more

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