Tirreno-Adriatico 2021 Route stage 5: Castellalto - Catelfidardo
Sunday 14 March - At 205 kilometres, the race from Castellalto to Catelfidardo is this year's 'Tappa dei Muri' - or, 'Stage of the Walls' -, which is a yearly treat at the Tirreno-Adriatico.
The first part of the race runs mostly along the Adriatic Sea and is entirely flat. Then, after 100 kilometres, the riders enter a finishing circuit and the characteristics of the route change dramatically.
The 23.5 kilometres circuit is repeated four times, all featuring a series of short but steep climbs (the ‘muri’). The hardest one hits gradients of around 18% for long stretches.
The race will be decided after the last passage in San Rocchetto. The final kilometres into Catelfidardo peak out at more than 10% and go entirely uphill.
Last year’s ‘Tappa dei Muri’ was won by Mathieu van der Poel. The Dutchman triumphed from the breakaway, outgunning fellow attackers Ruben Guerreiro and Matteo Fabbro in the finale.
The first three riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the intermediate sprint comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
Tirreno-Adriatico 2021 stage 5: route, profile, more
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