Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team Set to Conquer the Waves: Tirreno-Adriatico Beckons!

On Monday, March 4th, Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team starts their bid for glory at the 2024 edition of Tirreno-Adriatico.

Spanning over 1118 kilometers, this iconic Italian race promises a thrilling spectacle, featuring a challenging route with over 12800 meters of climbing. The action-packed event kicks off with a gripping 10km Individual Time Trial in Lido di Camaiore, culminating in a thrilling sprinters’ showdown in San Benedetto del Tronto on the picturesque Adriatic coast.

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Eager to make their mark, Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team unveils a dynamic seven-rider lineup, poised to tackle both the grueling mountain stages and the high-speed sprints, all while aiming to ascend the ranks in the General Classification. Leading the charge for the team is Australian sensation Damien Howson, determined to replicate last year’s success and eyeing a strong GC finish:

“Last year we had a good Tirreno-Adriatico as a team. We hit the ground running as a collective, showed the colours of the team well and for me personally it was a confidence boosting race to start the season. This year I would like to do the same thing and ideally keep taking steps forward and aim for a good result. This season I already completed a WorldTour stage-race at the Tour Down Under as part of the Australian National Team and managed to get a GC top-10 there. I believe we can keep aiming towards that,” said Damien Howson, who put the team early on the scoreboard this season at the Tour Down Under ,where he finished 9th on the General Classification.

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“Form-wise I believe I’m at a similar level to this time last year.”

Reflecting on his aspirations, Howson expresses confidence in the team’s potential, fueled by their collective strength:

“Form-wise I believe I’m at a similar level to this time last year. Obviously I missed out on some important racing with the cancellation of Ruta del Sol in February but training has been going ok. I’m expecting a tough race, like always in Tirreno Adriatico. It’s a well-rounded race. The opening ITT already separates he GC contenders by a few seconds so it’s important to start strong. The sprinters will have some opportunities, and there are some hilly stages where we have to be attentive before the big mountain stages on the GC. We have a strong team this year, with riders that can go for results on every stage and a climbing team that can lead us to have numbers in selective finals. We’re ready to give our best!”

Brit Mark Donovan also returns and will seek to improve on his performance from last season, when he finished as the 10h best young rider in the race. After a decade-long hiatus experienced Spaniard David de la Cruz returns to Tirreno Adriatico and brings strength to our climbing group. German Jannik Steimle will look for opportunities in the punchy stages while providing support on the sprinting opportunities as part of Matteo Moschetti’s lead-out. The fast Italian will seek to capitalise on his good form and is accompanied by his lead-out man Nicolò Parisini. Completing the squad of our Swiss-registered team is all-rounder Tobias Ludvigsson from Sweden.

The arduous Tirreno Adriatico course starts with a race against the clock and continues with he Follonica stage on Tuesday that should end in a mass sprint. Stage three to Gualdo Tadino (Wednesday 6th) is the longest stage in this edition of the race with a total of 225km. It features the 5km, 4%  Casacascalda with 17k to go plus another finishing kicker. Stage four towards Giulianova (Thursday 7th), features a long climb early on but can set up the stage for puncheurs or breakaway hopefuls to fight for the spoils.

On Friday 8th and Saturday 9th, the crucial mountain stages will be tackled. To reach the stage five finish in Valle Castellana, the peloton will have to face the mighty San Giacomo climb -11km at 6%- with 24km to go, plus a decisive climb of 5.5% towards the finish line. A day later, the Queen stage will take the riders to the top of the Monte Petrano (10.1 km climb at an average gradient of 8.1%). The race of the Two Seas concludes on Sunday at San Benedetto del Tronto, where a final sprint finale awaits.

As the countdown to the race begins, anticipation mounts as the Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team braces for a demanding journey, the relentless pursuit of excellence on the prestigious WorldTour stage.


Tirreno-Adriatico line-up:
David de la Cruz (ESP)
Mark Donovan (GBR)
Damien Howson (AUS)
Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE)
Matteo Moschetti (ITA)
Nicolò Parisini (ITA)
Jannik Steimle (GER)