Tirreno-Adriatico 2024

Italy's premier one-week stage race is a favourite for both GC contenders and Classics specialists as an important test for the bigger goals of the spring

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Tirreno-Adriatico
Tirreno-Adriatico
  • Dates 4 Mar - 10 Mar
  • Race Length 1,118 kms
  • Race Category Elite Men

Updated: 10 March, 2024

Tirreno-Adriatico stage 7: Jonathan Milan wins the final stage as Vingegaard clinches overall

Jonathan Milan (Lidl-Trek) sprinted to victory on the final stage of Tirreno-Adriatico while Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease a Bike) finished safely in the bunch to seal victory.

Milan was victorious after a hard-fought final sprint in San Benedetto del Tronto. The Lidl-Trek rider’s power was enough to pull back the late escape from Uno X-Mobility's Søren Wærenskjold and beat Alexander Kristoff (Uno X-Mobility), Davide Cimolai (Movistar) and Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) in fourth.

Visma-Lease a Bike put a cherry on top of their excellent week when Jonas Vingegaard safely completed the course. That win confirmed his dominant win in the overall classification on the same day as Matteo Jorgenson sealed the GC win in Paris-Nice, the first time one team has won both Tirreno-Adriatico and Paris-Nice in the same year.

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Tirreno-Adriatico stage 6: Jonas Vingegaard makes it two-for-two with a second commanding stage win

Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease a Bike) took his second consecutive stage win of Tirreno-Adriatico on the summit of Monte Petrano to extend his lead in the race ahead of Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates) who pipped Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) on the line.

Despite a tenacious attempt from EF Education-EasyPost’s Richard Carapaz, the last survivor of the breakaway, stage 6 was inevitably headed the way of the Dane, who attacked from a trio comprising the top three on the GC with 6km remaining on the final climb of the day. From there, Vingegaard was unflappable, powering away from Hindley and Ayuso to take the win and build an unsurmountable lead.

Nevertheless, Hindley and Ayuso made a strong effort to keep close to Vingegaard and away from the chasers, solidifying their overall podium finishes in the process.

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Tirreno-Adriatico stage 5: Jonas Vingegaard storms to victory and race lead with blistering attack on final climb

Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease a Bike) propelled himself to his first stage victory of Tirreno Adriatico and into the leader’s jersey thanks to a trademark mountain attack on stage 5.

The defending Tour de France champion launched a solo bid for glory with almost 30km to go, riding away from rivals Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates), Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Ben O’Connor (Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale) on the steepest, 11 percent section of the 12km final climb of the day, the San Giacamo.

His lead swelled to over a minute before he crossed the line, leaving the remaining GC contenders to battle it out for second place. Ayuso just pipped Hindley in Valle Castellana and in doing so kept himself in second overall, with Hindley moving up to third ahead of a crucial two days in the high mountains where the final standings will be decided.

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Tirreno-Adriatico stage 4: Jonathan Milan takes the win to deny Jonas Abrahamsen a solo win

Jonathan Milan (Lidl-Trek) snatched the win with a sprint that made a last-second catch of the breakaway on stage 4 of Tirreno-Adriatico. The bonus seconds from the stage win also earned him the leader’s maglia azzurra. Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) was next-best lunging for second while Corbin Strong (Israel-Premier Tech) was third.

Jonas Abrahamsen (Uno X-Mobility) was the sole survivor of a six-man breakaway which had led the race almost from the gun. Abrahamsen is no stranger to holding off a charging peloton as the Norwegian was a part of the trio that held off the sprinters on stage 18 of last year's Tour de France, and it looked for an instant as if he was going to recreate that for a win this time around.

Abrahamsen and his breakaway companions looked as if they were doomed with 10km to go. Abrahamsen, Alexander Kamp (Tudor Pro Cycling) and Mirco Maestri (Polti Kometa) had a lead of 31 seconds, with Lidl-Trek leading the peloton behind them as the race swept through the final finishing circuit in Giulianova. In the final kilometre, with their gap dwindling, Abrahamsen hit out alone. While it looked as if he could stick the move until the end, the sprinters had just enough to bring him back in the last 100 metres as Milan took the stage win and the race lead at the line.

Tirreno-Adriatico stage 3: Phil Bauhaus takes surprise win as Jasper Philipsen crashes

Stage 3 was earmarked as another chance for the sprinters after Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) stormed to victory on day 2, but the Belgian came a cropper in the technical finish in Gualdo Todino and crashed into the barrier.

Several other riders crashed on the same 90-degree turn with about 500m to go, which split the accelerating peloton and left Jonathan Milan and Arkea-Samsic’s Kévin Vauquelin in prime position.

But it was Milan’s ex-teammate Phil Bauhaus who took the glory at the end of a bumpy 207km stage from Volterra. The German had been nowhere in the chaotic final stages but his Bahrain Victorious teammates delivered him perfectly to the line, where he celebrated his first victory in over a year.

Tirreno-Adriatico stage 2: Jasper Philipsen wins first battle with Tim Merlier

Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) won a hotly-anticipated showdown between himself and his countryman Tim Merlier (Soudal Quick-Step) in a chaotic sprint finish on stage 2. Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty) finished third place on the day.

The match-up between Philipsen and Merlier was a big storyline heading into the race. Merlier was the standout sprinter at the UAE Tour, and while the UAE Tour had most of the big-name sprinters, it did not have Philipsen, who was last year's standout sprinter. The race was the first and one of the only times where the two would face off, making the straightforward stage 2 a bit more exciting viewing.

In the final, Merlier was the first to jump, springing his sprint ahead of the final bend with still 350 metres left. Philipsen, who had tracked his Belgian rival in the run into the line, was able to come from his slipstream and easily take the win on the day, his first of the 2024 season.

Tirreno-Adriatico stage 1: Juan Ayuso storms to time-trial victory

Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates) upset the applecart with a blistering fast opening 10km time trial, beating the odds on favourite Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) by one second. The Italian sprinter Jonathan Milan (Lidl-Trek) was another surprise package in third, 12 seconds behind the flying Spaniard.

Ayuso is no stranger to time trial success with wins at the Tour de Suisse and the Tour de Romandie in 2023. At Suisse, Ayuso managed to beat the likes of Remco Evenepoel. Nevertheless, Ganna has been historically dominant in the time trials at Tirreno-Adriatico, winning three out of the last four individual tests in the race. For Ayuso, who looked flawless throughout the short course, this result is yet another step up.

In terms of the overall classification, Ayuso has a 22-second advantage over Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease a Bike), who was sporting a brand new time trial helmet that immediately caused a social media firestorm. The ninth-place performance was solid if not spectacular for Vingegaard after a dominating performance at his season debut at the O Gran Camiño. Nevertheless, with mountains to come later in the week, and Vingegaard still the second-best amongst the GC men, the gap to Ayuso is well within striking distance.

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Tirreno-Adriatico 2024 overview

Tirreno-Adriatico is an Italian WorldTour one-week stage race that runs from March 4-10. The race began in 1966 and is one of the two premier 'dress rehearsal' races in riders' preparations for their larger goals in the Classics and the Grand Tours, alongside Paris-Nice, which runs at the same time. Wedged between Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo, Tirreno-Adriatico comes at a crucial time in the calendar when riders are beginning to approach their peak.

Furthermore, between Tadej Pogačar’s commanding victories, an improbable GC win from Greg Van Avermaet, one of Mathieu van der Poel’s most famous exploits in a heroic stage in 2021 and a trident trophy that is arguably the best in cycling, the race has carved out its prestige and personality beyond its status as a tune-up one-week race. After once being seen as second-fiddle to Paris-Nice, Tirreno-Adriatico is now firmly one of the most prestigious and exciting one-week races on the calendar.

Traditionally, the race is run between the two seas on either side of the Italian peninsula. On the west is the Tirreno Sea and on the east is the Adriatic Sea, hence the name Tirreno-Adriatico. Between those two coasts, the route varies quite a bit, but generally has the same breakdown of the type of stages to expect. Typically, the race has several flat stages, a time trial typically on the opening or closing day, a couple of rolling stages and one mountain top finish.

While the start list is yet to be filled out, and with riders often alternating between Paris Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico, the contenders are to be determined, but what you can count on is a strong group of general classification contenders, Classics specialists and sprinters to get their 2024 seasons off to a profitable start.

Tirreno-Adriatico 2024 key information

When is Tirreno-Adriatico 2024? The race starts on Monday, March 4, and ends on Sunday, March 10.

Where does Tirreno-Adriatico 2024 take place? The race takes place in central Italy, running from the Tirreno coast to the Adriatic coast.

Who won Tirreno-Adriatico in 2023? In the 2023 race, Primož Roglič beat João Almeida and Tao Geoghegan Hart to the overall title at Tirreno-Adriatico.

When did Tirreno-Adriatico start? The race’s first edition was in 1966 and has run in March every year since, except for the COVID-19 2020 season which saw the race take place in September.

Who won the first Tirreno-Adriatico? Dino Zandegù, an Italian sprinter and Classics rider, was the first winner in 1966.

Who has the most wins at the Tirreno-Adriatico? The Belgian great Roger De Vlaeminck – winner of 161 races including 22 Giro d’Italia stages, all five Monuments, and 15 stages of Tirreno-Adriatico – won the race six consecutive times between 1972 to 1977.

Who are the contenders for the 2024 Tirreno-Adriatico?

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) has dominated the race in the past, taking two wins in 2021 and 2022, but it looks like he will skip the Italian one-week race this year. Primož Roglič (Bora-Hansgrohe) is another rider who has enjoyed success at Tirreno-Adriatico, winning in 2023 and 2019, but Bora-Hansgrohe’s leader is set to ride Paris-Nice this year. In the absence of those two names, the race seems wide open for a new rider to step up.

Two-time Tour de France winner Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease a Bike) is the obvious rider to take that spot, opting to return to Tirreno-Adriatico after riding Paris-Nice in 2023. In the years when he won the Tour, Vingegaard did Tirreno one spring and Paris-Nice the other, so it's clear both work for the Dane, and he'll be hoping to lay down his dominance in Italy.

Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) is someone who enjoys racing in Italy and might have free reign to take on the GC challenge if Roglič elects for Paris-Nice. The same could be said of the UAE Team Emirates' Brandon McNulty, who will be hoping for some early season opportunities.

Lidl-Trek will be hoping that Tao Geoghegan Hart will be able to continue his comeback trail in fine form after making his debut at the Volta ao Algarve. His compatriot Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) is also slated for a Tirreno start, as the young Brit builds towards a GC bid at the Tour de France.

For non-GC riders, Tirreno-Adriatico is the prime connector between Strade-Bianche and Milan-San Remo. Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck) and Matej Mohorič (Bahrain Victorious) could both be at the start, while Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) has already confirmed he will be at the race.

For the sprinters, Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty), Tim Merlier (Soudal Qui and Mark Cavendish (Astana Qazaqstan) are amongst the names confirmed so far, and we will expect a healthy sprint field come March.

Which teams are racing Tirreno-Adriatico in 2024?

Tirreno-Adriatico is a part of the WorldTour and will see all 18 WorldTour teams line up, as well as six wildcard invitations. Israel-Premier Tech received their invitation automatically, as a result of their 2023 performance, whilst Lotto Dstny declined their invite. Elsewhere, RCS Sport has invited six teams to complete the line-up.

Read more: Start lists announced for Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo

WorldTour:

  • Alpecin-Deceuninck
  • Arkéa-B&B Hotels
  • Astana Qazaqstan
  • Bahrain Victorious
  • Bora-Hansgrohe
  • Cofidis
  • Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale
  • EF Education-EasyPost
  • Groupama-FDJ
  • Ineos Grenadiers
  • Intermarché-Wanty
  • Lidl-Trek
  • Movistar Team
  • Soudal Quick-Step
  • dsm-firmenich PostNL
  • Jayco AlUla
  • Visma-Lease a Bike
  • UAE Team Emirates

ProTour:

  • Israel-Premier Tech
  • Corratec-Vini Fantini
  • Q36.5 Pro Cycling
  • Polti Kometa
  • Tudor Pro Cycling
  • Uno-X Mobility
  • VF Group-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè

What happened at Tirreno-Adriatico in 2023?

In 2023, Tirreno-Adriatico was won by Jumbo-Visma's Primož Roglič after a series of emphatic displays on the punchy finishes of the race.

The main climbing stage was affected by extreme wind, reducing the altitude of the final climb and pointing the race in favour of Roglič. Over the seven stages, it was his abilities in time trials and select bunch kicks that pushed him ahead of the likes of João Almeida, Tao Geoghegan Hart and Lennard Kämna. In total, Roglič came away from the race with three stage wins and the overall victory.

The other stage wins were collected by Jasper Philipsen, who took two sprint victories, Fabio Jakobsen, who took the other sprint win, and Filippo Ganna, who won the opening time trial.

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