Race of the Two Seas with more climbing

Organisers of Wednesday's Tirreno Adriatico (March 8-14) has created a course much tougher than in recent years, with 1,300m of climbing. There will be three uphill finishes...

Stage two will have three climbs and a demanding uphill finish to Pomarance. Saturday's queen stage will have an uphill finish to the Terminillo. It starts in Montalto di Castro and includes two climbs before the final climb of Terminillo. The last time was in 2015 where Nairo Quintana took the epic stage in the snow. The following stage to Fermo will feature short steep climbs with a hill top finish to Fermo. Quintana is my first choice providing his Movistar team has a solid opening TTT. I'm picking him to win Terminillo again and he will have to limit his loses in the final ITT. But, it won't be clear and cut for him to win the golden trident. The competition will be fierce and won't make the Colombian's job at all easy. The contenders: Vincenzo Nibali, Thibault Pinot, Adam Yates, Rui Costa, Bauke Mollema, Bob Jungels and Tom Dumoulin. I'm looking forward to this race.

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