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.
Two years ago the 1,362 metres high climb was the ultimate test in a race with a lot of hills, which is more or less the recipe for 2020 again.
The route starts to climb steeply once the flag is dropped. To reach the summit of the Forca di Ancarano the riders face 4.2 kilometres at double digit gradients. A far from gentle way to stretch the legs.
At the end of a long descent the riders continue onto the Santa Margherita. Following this 7 kilometres climb at 6% the Tirreno remains at altitude for a couple of kilometres. An undulating section leads past the Sanctuary of Macereto before a prolonged downhill flies down to Tolentino.
Still 120 kilometres to go. Via uphill drags to San Ginesio (6.3 kilometres, max 8%) and Gualdo (6.5 kilometres, max 13%) and a multitude of smaller ascents 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 at 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 100.1 comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
Another interesting read: results 5th stage 2020 Tirreno-Adriatico.
Tirreno-Adriatico 2020 stage 5: routes, profiles, more
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