Defending champion Simon Yates will return to Tirreno-Adriatico on Wednesday, as the British climber continues his build-up to the Giro d’Italia in May.
The 2018 Vuelta a España winner will be aided by a strong support team that includes the experienced Chris Juul-Jensen, Jack Bauer and Michael Hepburn. Kazak veteran Andrey Zeits will provide valuable back-up in the mountains, while youngster Robert Stannard also lines up after a busy start to the season. Slovenian sprinter Luka Mezgec will give the squad options on the sprint stage.
The 56th edition of the Tirreno-Adriatico serves up a classic parcours with a first uphill finish coming on the second day. Stage four should see the first general classification showdown, with two lumpy stage to follow before the traditional short, flat time trial to conclude the seven days.
Team BikeExchange at 2021 Tirreno-Adriatico:
Jack Bauer (NZL)
Michael Hepburn (AUS)
Chris-Juul Jensen (DEN)
Luka Mezgec (SLO)
Robert Stannard (AUS)
Simon Yates (GBR)
Andrey Zeits (KAZ)
Simon Yates – 2020 Tirreno Adriatico Winner:
”I’m going ok. I had a small crash in Strade Bianche, nothing too serious but we are taking everything very consciously and calmly. I hope to arrive in Tirreno ready to go and hopefully I can do a good performance.
“It looks like a very classic route, from what I can see, you have sprint stages and a summit finish. It’s not a climb that I know, but I have seen the videos of it in the past, and hopefully I can do a good ride there. As always, the last stage time trial and it will be a good to test myself against the clock and just to see where the form is.
“Compared to last year, it’s just a little bit different where I am in my preparation. Last year Tirreno was the final race before the Giro d’Italia and this year I have some more time to prepare. This year is more like a building block, a step towards my main goal which is the Giro, but of course I’d still like to do a good ride and hopefully put on a good performance”.
Matthew White – Head Sport Director:
“Tirreno has always been a good hunting ground for the team. The teams first European win was achieved here 10-years-ago and we have continued that success in recent times with Adam Yates and last year Simon Yates who returns as defending champion.
“It’s the start of Simon’s Giro preparation and we are excited to be back at such a beautiful race and we intend to challenge for victory in what has to be the best start list in the race’s history”.
2021 Tirreno-Adriatico Race Details:
Stage 1: Wednesday, 10th Mar, Lido di Camaiore – Lido di Camaiore, 156km
Stage 2: Thursday, 11th Mar, Camaiore – Chiusdino, 202km
Stage 3: Friday, 12 th Mar, Monticiano – Gualdo Tadino, 219km
Stage 4: Saturday, 13th Mar, Terni – Prati di Tivo, 148km
Stage 5: Sunday, 14th Mar, Castellalto – Castelfidardo, 205km
Stage 6: Monday, 15th Mar, Castelraimondo – Lido di Fermo, 169km
Stage 7: Tuesday, 16th Mar, San Benedetto del Tronto – San Benedetto del Tronto, 10.1km (ITT)