Best Races of 2011: Stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatico
As the great Joe Sovis began his 2012 defense of the title “Best Old Guy Bicyclist and Person” in the chilly February weather, the Update continues a review of some of the best races of 2011. Joe took off this morning for a short but hilly 20 mile route, including the year’s first assault on the great Youker climb. At just under a half a mile long and averaging about 8% in gradient, Youker is a test at any point in the season, but is absolutely brutal early on. Recalls the sweet memories of the Tirreno-Adriatico…..
One of the first great climbs of 2011 was stage six of the Tirreno-Adriatico. With Cadel Evans in an embattled blue leaders jersey, Lampre unleashed an ambitious Michele Scarponi to try and take the stage. Vincenzo Nibali joined in, and the pair attacked and forced the race against Evans who was isolated in the closing climb. A late charge from the Italian champ Visconti almost stole the stage, but it came down to a four-man sprint at the top of a punchy, tough climb, not all that different from Youker, except Youker is in the slightly less historic cycling community of Interlochen.
Who won? Watch the video below….