What makes the perfect stage race? Riders have their say

Mountains, time trials or sprints… What makes a perfect week-long stage race? The riders racing this week in Tirreno-Adriatico have their say.

Michal Kwiatkowski at the 2019 Paris-Nice (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

The 2019 Tirreno-Adriatico for the first time in years lacks any summit finishes for climbers, but offers time trials and punchy mixed-mountain days. The race runs almost parallel with Paris-Nice, with only one time trial, won by Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) on Thursday, three flat stages and the Turini summit finish as well as the final stage around the hills of Nice. But what makes the perfect stage race?

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.