Tirreno-Adriatico 2021 start list: Simon Yates, Tadej Pogačar and Nairo Quintana to battle for the title

Tirreno-Adriatico 2021 start list: Simon Yates, Tadej Pogačar and Nairo Quintana to battle for the title


Grand Tour hopefuls will be out in force at Tirreno-Adriatico (March 10-16), with defending champion Simon Yates down to take to the start line.

Other big names who are down to go against Yates (Team BikeExchange) in the battle for the overall are Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana-Premier Tech) and Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe)

The race does not have the usual team time trial on stage one, instead the start of the race has two sprint stages to suit the many top sprinters who are down to ride such as, Elia Viviani (Cofidis), Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal), Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) and Davide Ballerini (Deceuninck – Quick-Step).

One rider who can fit into both slots as he has showed he has amazing ability at both the climbs and the sprints is Belgian star, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) who is looking to go for GC in a stage race for the first time as he looks to potentiall lead a team to a Grand Tour one day.

Only a couple of days suit the pure sprinters in this years race but it hasn’t stopped then flock to it despite Paris-Nice having a few more days for the fast men.

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Tirreno suits the punchers much more as most of the stages involve several hilly finishes with a couple of uphill finishes that will suit an explosive attack, perhaps from Van Aert or Alaphilippe.

The main stages for the riders in the fight for the blue jersey, though, come in the middle and end of the race with a huge mountain day and the usual individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto, albeit with a few changes to the course.

Defending champion, Simon Yates is indeed down to try and defend his title after he looks to bounce back from that Covid-19 positive that saw him drop out of the Giro d’Italia last year.

Tirreno-Adriatico 2021 start list – provisional

Ineos Grenadiers

GANNA Filippo

AG2R La Mondiale-Citroën

VAN AVERMAET Greg
O’CONNOR Ben
VAN HOUCKE Gijs

Astana-Premier Tech

FUGLSANG Jakob
FELLINE Fabio

Bahrain Victorious

LANDA Mikel
CARUSO Damiano
TRATNIK Jan

Bora-Hansgrohe

SAGAN Peter
BUCHMANN Emanuel
BODNAR Maciej
FABBRO Matteo

Intermarché-Wanty Gobert Matériaux

VLIEGEN Loïc
MINALI Riccardo
ZIMMERMANN Georg

Cofidis, Solutions Crédits

VIVIANI Elia
WALLAYS Jelle
SABATINI Fabio
VANBILSEN Kenneth
VIVIANI Attilio

Deceuninck – Quick-Step

ALAPHILIPPE Julian
BALLERINI Davide
VAN LERBERGHE Bert

EF Education-Nippo

 

Groupama-FDJ

PINOT Thibaut

Israel Start-Up Nation

WOODS Michael
HOFSTETTER Hugo
CIMOLAI Davide

Lotto-Soudal

EWAN Caleb

Team BikeExchange

YATES Simon
STANNARD Robert

Movistar Team

OLIVEIRA Nelson

Alpecin-Fenix

VERMEERSCH Gianni
VERGAERDE Otto

Team Qhubeka-Assos

 

Team Jumbo-Visma

VAN AERT Wout
FOSS Tobias
GESINK Robert
VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan
AFFINI Edoardo
MARTENS Paul
TEUNISSON Mike

Team DSM

NIEUWENHUIS Joris

Trek-Segafredo

NIBALI Vincenzo
CICCONE Giulio
SIMMONS Quinn

UAE-Team Emirates

GAVIRIA Fernando
POGAČAR Tadej
MAJKA Rafał
FORMOLO Davide
OLIVEIRA Ivo

Arkéa-Samsic

QUINTANA Nairo
ROSA Diego



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