The 2012 Tirreno-Adriatico route was revealed this week, and consists of a well balanced race where sprinters, climbers, and time trialists can all shine.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling-Team rider Peter Velits said earlier this month he is targeting Tirreno-Adriatico. Some other riders will use the race as an important preparation for Milan-San Remo.
The course consists of a 16.9 km team trial to begin the stage race, as well as a 9.3 km individual time trial. There first two road stages look to favor sprinters. The following stages may favor those that prefer racing uphill. There is also a rolling stage, in which a breakaway may try to prevent a bunch sprint for the peloton.
The queen stage will certainly be a challenging climber's course, including the 14.5 km, 7 percent average gradient ascent Prati di Tivo.