The 55th edition of the Race of Two Seas, scheduled from 11 to 17 March 2020 and organized by RCS Sport / La Gazzetta dello Sport, was presented today. The 2020 route will crown a complete rider who, without the usual opening Team Time Trial, will have to battle on the Sassotetto summit finish and on the final Individual Time Trial in San Benedetto del Tronto. The route is completed by three stages suitable for sprinters and two wavy stages, suitable for finisseurs.
Vincenzo Nibali, two-time winner of the Corsa dei Due Mari (2012, 2013) announced this morning that he will be at the start of the 2020 edition.
Stage 1 Lido di Camaiore – Lido di Camaiore 134km
Stage 1 is divided into two parts, each following circuits. Within the first 90km (approximately), the route takes the Monte Pitoro circuit, of about 26km, uphill from the Massarosa slope. This circuit will be covered three times before descending toward Camaiore.
The route then follows two laps of a second circuit, of about 19km, from Pietrasanta to Lido di Camaiore, which is completely flat.
Stage 2 Camaiore – Follonica 198km
Stage 2 undulates, especially in its second half. Starting from Camaiore, the route passes through Montemagno, first reaching Pisa and then the Livornese. After passing Cecina, comes the completely flat part near Castagneto Carducci. The riders then face the Sassetta climb.
Following the descent the route enters the final 20km circuit featuring the short climb of the “Impostino”.
Stage 3 Follonica – Sacrofano 233km
This very long and wavy stage crosses the Grosseto area to climb the Scansano KOM and then the alto Viterbese. Next it coasts the lakes of Bolsena and Vico, then ascends the Poggio Nibbio from the San Martino in Cimino. The route faces a long downhill stretch which ends with the short climb to the finish in Sacrofano.
The last kilometers begin downhill and then climb up to the finish with slopes of around 6-7%.
Stage 4 Terni – Sassotetto 204km
A very challenging stage with six climbs, of which four are classified. The route starts by facing the Somma pass, before the riders head down to Spoleto and, after Campello sul Clitunno, the Pettino climb (15km with slopes around 6-7%). A mixed section follows, passing the Valico del Soglio, Cerreto di Spoleto and Norcia to face the KOM of Forca di Ancarano, entering the Sibillini mountains. After Visso the route takes the climb of Santa Margherita, up to the Sanctuary of Macereto. After reaching Polverina the route continues over undulated roads to reach Sarnano before facing the climb of the Sassotetto.
The last kilometers feature the final ascent to the Sassotetto. This is a fairly steady climb between 6 and 7% with some peaks over 10% and long straights interspersed with hairpin bends. The slope softens close to the finish.
Stage 5 Pieve Torina – Loreto 181km
It’s the “Walls” stage, featuring short, punchy climbs. They are all concentrated in three circuits, where the riders face the ascent of Loreto (including the stage finish) and the ascent of Recanati, thrice. The route approaches the final circuit downhill from the Sibillini Mountains, passing from Camerino and reaching the valley of the Potenza river, facing the Montefano and Osimo climbs before entering the final circuit.
The final 25km circuit includes two climbs of Loreto and Recanati. The last kilometers are all uphill with slopes around 10%.
Stage 6 Castelfidardo – Senigallia 178km
Undulating in its first part, Stage 6 is less challenging, becoming flat in the second part. From Numana, through the outskirts of Ancona, Offagna, Jesi and Ostra, the route approaches Senigallia before a four-lap circuit of about 16km. The final circuit is completely flat, including wide and well-paved urban streets and the neighboring countryside.
The last 3km are entirely on urban roads with the last curve at 1km out.
Stage 7 San Benedetto del Tronto (Individual Time Trial) 10.1km
Stage 7’s Individual Time Trial of 10,050m is the same route the final stage has featured since 2015. The starting ramp is located in viale Tamerici (south bank) from where it proceeds along the seafront towards Porto d’Ascoli. From Piazza Salvo d’Acquisto (with the intermediate timecheck at 4.7km) it continues for around 750m before ascending to San Benedetto del Tronto where the race ends at the traditional finish line on Viale Buozzi. The last 2.5km are practically straight.
Mauro Vegni, RCS Sport Cycling Director, said: “The Tirreno-Adriatico has always been one of the most important races on the international scene; that can be seen from the roll of honor and the names of the winners of the last three editions: for the first time, three different countries achieved their first success in the General Classification of the Tirreno-Adriatico. “In 2020 coverage of the Corsa dei Due Mari, produced and broadcast by Rai Television, will be distributed in 151 countries across five continents. A sporting event but also a showcase of the beauty of the landscapes of the territories will be shown by the Tirreno-Adriatico in the homes of millions of people. As a WorldTour race, the world’s top cycling series, we will be sure that – as usual – there will be lots of champions on the road who will bring prestige to this race.”
Luca Ceriscioli, President of the Marche Region, said: “We are promoting the Marche Region through this race not only because of the historical links – represented by San Benedetto, Michele Scarponi and, now, by Vincenzo Nibali, the last Italian winner of the race – but also because we want to focus on the two wheels as part of the story of our territory. We want to identify our region with cycling, because it has a special value, including an ethical one – so we could not miss our opportunity at the Tirreno-Adriatico. “The Marche has been included among the top destinations to visit in 2020 by Lonely Planet, helping to ensure it will be a special year. We know that we can also count on the extraordinary images that this race always carries with it all over the world. Thank you, the Marche is with you.”
Stefano Allocchio, Race Director of RCS Sport, said: “This year’s course will be a little different from the last editions. We decided to remove the team time trial and opt for an in-line stage suitable for sprinters. There will also be the uphill finish at Sassotetto – the same that saw Mikel Landa’s victory in 2018 – which will be a key moment of the race. Before closing with the traditional individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto we will have two dangerous stages in Lazio and Marche – with its famous walls – and the finish in Loreto. I believe it is a balanced route that is suitable for all-round riders who can be competitive on all terrains. I am sure that the final victory will remain uncertain until the last stage – as has happened in previous editions.”
Pasqualino Piunti, Mayor of San Benedetto del Tronto, said: “The marriage between the city of San Benedetto del Tronto and the Tirreno-Adriatico has lasted for more than 50 years: it’s a union that lays down on very solid foundation. This is a beautiful love story written among the palm trees of our seaside; a story whose charm remains intact despite the passing of the decades. The choice to have our city as the venue for the race is based on the observation that the Tirreno-Adriatico saw its first light here, and here it will once again reach its exciting conclusion. We are proud of it.”
Alessandro Del Dotto, Mayor of Camaiore, said: “For six years we have hosted the Grande Partenza of the Tirreno-Adriatico, a date that has now become unmissable for the many cycling enthusiasts of Versilia, but not only for them. For the 2020 edition, the route of the opening stage will pay homage to our tradition, bringing racing back to the roads of the legendary Gran Premio Città di Camaiore. It’s an opportunity for us to bind even more closely with our history and to thank our many fellow citizens who, over the years, worked with passion and professionalism at the corsa dei camaioresi (race of the inhabitants of Camaiore), and continue today with the Tirreno-Adriatico with the same passion.”
The Marche Region is promoting high quality and sustainable tourism for outdoor enthusiasts with the new online portal – at www.marcheoutdoor.it – and with a bike network project. The network provides access to facilities including accommodation, restaurants, workshops, cycling guides and many other types of service to satisfy every traveler’s request; an invaluable companion right across the territory.
The project’s philosophy is about using the bicycle to help the cycle-tourist experience the emotions that the Marche Region offers, with its biodiversity, its many different colours and intact natural landscape. To date, 24 routes are loaded on the Marche Outdoor platform and the Marche Outdoor App helps make all the information immediately available to all cyclists.