Sprinters and climbers alike will take interest in the route announcement for the 2016 Tirreno-Adriatico, which takes place between March 9 and 15, with a variety of parcours on offer to the riders.
Starting with a team time trial in Lido di Camaiore, the following three stages should suit the fast-men and Classics riders, with rolling hills and mostly flat finishes in store.
The climbers will fill their boots on stage five, though, with a summit finish on Monte San Vicino, with five categorised climbs over packed in to 178km.
Stage six could suit a punchy sprinter or Classics specialist, with an uphill run to the line in the final 10km, before a 10.5km time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto, which hosts the final stage for the 50th consecutive year.
Peter Sagan also ended his long wait for his first win of the season, sprinting to victory in the rain on stage six.
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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
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