Tirreno-Adriatico 2018 route unveiled - featuring Stage 5 tribute to Michele Scarponi

The route for this year's Tirreno-Adriatico has been announced, as organisers RCS pay tribute to the late Michele Scarponi. 

Stage 5 on Sunday 11 March will finish in Scarponi's home town of Filottrano, following the Astana Pro Team rider's untimely death in a training accident in April 2017.

The seven-day race begins on 7 March 2018 with a team time trial in Lido di Camaiore and ends with a 10km individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto on Italy's east coast (Sunday 13 March).

Velon will broadcast live performance data from Tirreno-Adriatico for the second successive year, giving fans unique insight into the efforts of riders in the pro peloton.

A demanding route takes in 11,000 metres of climbing including a summit finish at Sassotetto on Stage 4.

The week-long race always provides a stern test of form for GC contenders hoping to make an impact at the Giro d'Italia in May and stage races later in the season.

Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) has won two of the past three editions (2015 and 2017), with Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) winning GC in 2016.

RCS Sport Cycling Director Mauro Vegni said: "With the stage ending in Filottrano, we wanted to commemorate a friend, the unforgettable Michele Scarponi.

"Tirreno-Adriatico is always one of the most fascinating races on the international scene; scrolling through the list of starters and the roll of honour of 52 editions, all the great champions are there."

See maps for all seven stages below

Don't miss:

Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 1: team time trial

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

Stage 5

Stage 6

Stage 7: individual time trial