Tirreno-Adriatico, Race Used Caravan Plaque c. 1973 – 1977, Race Winner- Roger De Vlaeminck

$350.00

The gorgeous race plaque is from the mid-1970s when Roger De Vlaeminck ruled the road at Tireno-Adriatico, winning six years in a row from 1972 to 1977.

The Italian race Tirreno–Adriatico, nicknamed the “Race of the Two Seas,” founded in 1966 by the Forze Sportive Romane Cycling Club, is held in the early in the cycling season and in the 1970s was considered to be important preparation for Milan–San Remo. Roger De Vlaeminck, who excelled at the Spring Classics, holds the record for the most wins with six. Another elite group can boast of two wins each: Giuseppe Saroni, Francisco Moser, Rolf Sorensen, Tony Rominger, Vincenzo Nibali, Nairo Quintana, Primoz Roglic, and Tadej Pogacar.

Made of Masonite

Size: 19 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches  (50 x 30 cm)

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Description

Tirreno–Adriatico

Tirreno–Adriatico, nicknamed the “Race of the Two Seas,” is an elite road cycling stage race in Italy, run between the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic coasts. Traditionally held in the early part of the season and usually counter-programmed with the Paris-Nice/’Race to the Sun,’ it is now considered important preparation for the Giro d’Italia. It is part of the UCI World Tour, cycling’s highest level of professional men’s races.

First held in 1966, the race initially spanned three stages. Since 2002, it has seven stages. Except for the first edition, the last stage has finished in San Benedetto del Tronto on the Adriatic Seaside. Belgian Roger De Vlaeminck holds the record for most wins with six consecutive victories in the 1970s. Italian Francesco Moser also finished six times on the podium and won the race twice.

History

The Tirreno–Adriatico was created in 1966 by the Lazio-based cycling club Forze Sportive Romane. Since all the illustrious Italian cycling races were held in Northern Italy then, the race was named “Tre Giorni del Sud” (Three Days of the South). The first edition was a three-day race, starting 11 March 1966 in Rome and finishing two days later in Pescara. Dino Zandegù won the inaugural edition. In 1967, the second edition ran over five stages won by Franco Bitossi.

In the 1970s, the young race became an ideal preparation event for the monument classic Milan–San Remo, which was held one week later. Belgian classics specialist Roger De Vlaeminck monopolized the race with six consecutive wins. After De Vlaeminck’s reign, the race saw a rivalry between Italian cycling icons Giuseppe Saronni and Francesco Moser, each winning the event twice.

From 1984 to 2001, the race grew to an event raced over six to eight stages, with the location shifting more towards northern Central Italy. Swiss time trial specialist Tony Rominger and Danish rider Rolf Sørensen won the race twice in the 1990s.

Since 2002, the Tirreno–Adriatico has been raced over seven stages, starting on Italy’s western Tyrrhenian seashore and finishing in San Benedetto del Tronto on the Adriatic Sea. In 2005, it was included in the inaugural UCI ProTour calendar. Still, it was reclassified in 2008 as a continental tour event when organizer RCS Sport withdrew all its events from the UCI’s premier calendar. Since 2011, it is part of the UCI World Tour.

In recent years, the race has regularly included mountain stages in the Apennines, and many Grand Tour specialists use it as an early-season test to prepare for the stage races later in the year. Tour de France winners Vincenzo Nibali, Cadel Evans, and Alberto Contador have featured on the Honor Roll of Tirreno-Adriatico since 2010. Colombian climber Nairo Quintana won the 50th edition in 2015 and again in 2017.

The 2020 event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Route

Tirreno–Adriatico often started close to Rome and even Naples in its early years. Since the 1990s, the start has been usually higher up in seaside resorts on the Tuscan coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea before crossing the spine of the Italian peninsula to its eastern coast on the Adriatic Sea. Raced over seven days, sprinters have several stages, some for climbers, usually one or two time trials, and at least one uphill sprint finish for puncheurs.

The route of the 2015 edition is exemplary of the trend to suit stage racers. In recent years, the race starts on Wednesday with a short team time trial or prologue and continues with stages for the sprinters and a stage ending in a short hilltop finish. The middle stages – raced over the weekend – are the high mountain stages of the event. In 2015, the Saturday stage ended with a 14 km climb towards the top of Selva Rotonda before the Sunday stage, which ended in an uphill finish with slopes of more than 25%. The Tirreno finishes midweek, on Tuesday, in San Benedetto del Tronto in the province of Ascoli Piceno, in the Marche region.

Trophy and Leader’s Jersey

Since 2010, the overall winner of Tirreno–Adriatico is presented with a large gilded trident, the weapon associated with Neptune, the Roman god of the sea. Due to the event’s coast-to-coast format, the trophy was officially named the Sea Master Trophy. In the days preceding the race, divers of the Italian Coast Guard ceremonially raise the trophy from the Tyrrhenian Sea. In keeping with the marine theme, the general classification leader’s jersey is blue.

Source: Wikipedia

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Weight 2 lbs

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