Tirreno-Adriatico organisers tempt fate with return to snow-covered climb from 2015

Mid-March stage race doesn't have the best record when it comes to weather conditions

You may not remember the name of Monte Terminillo, but we’re sure you remember its appearance in Tirreno-Adriatico in 2015, when Nairo Quintana won in a blizzard and Fabian Cancellara led calls for riders’s health and safety to be taken into account in such conditions.

It seems that the race organisers have very short memories, as they have brought the Terminillo back into the race for 2017, making an appearance on March 11, four days earlier than that snowy day in 2015.

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This seems like a serious tempting of fate by the organisers of the March race, who seem to be in a constant battle with the elements, having to cancel the queen stage of last year’s race due to snow.

The only saving grace must be that Paris-Nice, which runs concurrently with Tirreno-Adriatico each year, also suffered from snow in 2016, having to cancel the third stage after 125km of neutralised riding in temperatures as low as minus five degrees Celsius.

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