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 Via Valle Oscura stands out; this is a 1.8 kilometres ascent with at its heart a section of 1 kilometres that is averaging 14.9%
The last time over the Via Valle Oscura is with 19 kilometres out. The riders fly down the hill to enter another short climb that they tackled four times before.
The race will be decided after the last passage in San Rocchetto. After leaving the circuit the final 3 kilometres open with 500 metres at 8.2% before leveling out to 4.6%. Short descends and ascends play leapfrog until the last 500 metres rise at 8.6% to the line.
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.
Another interesting read: results 5th stage 2021 Tirreno-Adriatico.
Tirreno-Adriatico 2021 stage 5: route, profiles, more
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