UAE Team Emirates continues its busy racing calendar in Italy with Tirreno-Adriatico, known as the ‘Race of Two Seas’ (10-16 March).
The iconic 7-day stage race returns for its 56th edition with a 1,100km route that sets off from Lido di Camaiore on the Tyrrhenian coast before crossing the Italian peninsula eastward and arriving in San Benedetto del Tronto on the Adriatic side of the country.
With two realistic chances for the sprinters, three stages that suit the puncheurs, one summit finish and an individual time trial to finish off the race, there are plenty of stage win opportunities for the team.
The Emirati formation will be led by Tadej Pogacar who is looking to show his strength in the mountains and deliver another successful result on GC, while Fernando Gaviria will hope to be the main protagonist in the sprints.
Team Manager Matxin Fernandez, along with Sports Directors Andrej Hauptman and Manuele Mori, will lead the 7-man squad:
-Davide Formolo (Ita)
-Fernando Gaviria (Col)
-Rafal Majka (Pol)
-Ivo Oliveira (Por)
-Tadej Pogačar (Slo)
-Jan Polanc (Slo)
-Max Richeze (Arg)
Pogačar: “It’s my first time heading to Tirreno-Adriatico and I’m pretty excited about it. The race seems to have a bit of everything : climbing, flat and the final TT so we will be fighting for every stage. I’ll aim to give the GC a good go and then we’ll also target sprint victories. Hopefully we can continue the good work we did at the UAE Tour.”