The 2019 course is slightly different from recent editions, reminiscent of traditional Tirreno-Adriatico editions rich in muri – literally 'walls'; very steep and short climbs. Muri feature throughout the 2019 course, with some gradients hitting 18% and above. There are hard climbs leading to Fossombrone, with the Cappuccini wall to be faced twice in the finale, plus walls in Recanati (the hardest one close to the finish line), and longer climbs in Pomarance from as early as Stage 2. A new addition is the dedication of a stage to wine: Stage 6, Matelica-Jesi, will be the Wine Stage, celebrating Verdicchio, the world-famous white wine produced in Le Marche. Unchanged from the last editions are the two Time Trials, the opening one for Teams in Lido di Camaiore and the final one for Individuals in San Benedetto del Tronto. The two stages dedicated to the fastest wheels in the peloton are those finishing in Foligno and Jesi.
Stage 1 – Lido di Camaiore (Team Time Trial) – 21.5km
The TTT route comprises two virtually straight sectors, rolling along the two lanes of the same road, on the Camaiore-Forte dei Marmi seafront. Halfway, the route takes a “square turn” around a block.
For the fifth consecutive year Lido di Camaiore will host the start of the Tirreno-Adriatico NamedSport.
Stage 2 – Camaiore-Pomarance – 189km
The stage starts uphill, taking in climbs up Montemagno and Pitoro over its opening kilometres. A long flat stretch follows, leading all the way to the final undulations. The route passes through Castellina Marittima, Riparbella, Montecatini Val di Cecina and Volterra (including their respective climbs), up to the final ascent leading to Pomarance. The stage is made for finisseurs, and GC contenders should keep an eye on them.
It's the third time the stage starts in Camaiore and finishes in Pomarance: the 2016 stage winner was Zdenek Stybar, followed in 2017 by Geraint Thomas.
Stage 3 – Pomarance-Foligno – 224km
The route is initially wavy, and becomes increasingly flatter as it approaches the finish. This long stage follows the constant undulations of the territory of Siena, including Passo del Rospatoio, enters Umbria through the Trasimeno plain and brushes by Assisi and Spello, all the way to the final sprint around the walls of Foligno.
Foligno will host the arrival of a stage of the Race of the Two Seas for the fourth time.
Stage 4 – Foligno-Fossombrone – 223km
This stage, together with the following one, are the hardest of the race. Starting from Foligno, the route follows a wavy but uncomplicated course and then brushes by Fossombrone. Here, the route takes in a series of walls, with a variety of challenging gradients, on narrow roads across the Marches valleys, all the way to the double closing circuit. It includes a double pass over the Muro dei Cappuccini, just 5.7km from the finish in Fossombrone.
This is the first time Fossombrone hosts the finish of a Tirreno-Adriatico NamedSport stage.
Stage 5 – Colli al Metauro-Recanati – 178km
The peloton will be confronted with the iconic ‘muri’ of Recanati. Starting from Colli al Metauro and covering a semi-circuit through Saltara, Calcinelli and Lucrezia, the stage then follows a mostly flat route all the way to Recanati. Past Loreto, the route will take in nine consecutive climbs, some steep, others more gentle. A final 22.3km circuit, to be covered three times, features two leg-sapping walls (the one closest to the finish is especially tough, with gradients of around 18%).
Recanati will host the arrival of a Tirreno-Adriatico NamedSport stage for the second time after the Macerata-Recanati ITT in 2008, won by Fabian Cancellara on his way to GC victory.
Stage 6 – Matelica-Jesi – 195km
Despite its wavy and bumpy start, this stage is made for sprinters. Starting in Matelica, the route covers a short semi-circuit then heads for Castelraimondo and San Severino Marche. After the Valico di Pietra Rossa climb, towards Cingoli, the route levels out and leads all the way to Jesi, to cover three laps of the final 12.3km circuit.
Jesi is hosting the Tirreno-Adriatico NamedSport for the first time.
Stage 7 – San Benedetto del Tronto (Individual Time Trial) – 10.1km
The route of this 10,050m Individual Time Trial mainly follows the final circuit of the conclusive stages of the late 1990s and recent 2000s editions, and is the same as featured since 2015. The last 2.5km are on an almost entirely straight route.
This is a longstanding tradition for the Race of the Two Seas: San Benedetto del Tronto will host the end of the race for the 53rd time in 54 editions – only the very first edition of Tirreno-Adriatico in 1966 did not conclude there: the final stage was the San Benedetto del Tronto-Pescara.