The 2020 Giro d’Italia will start in Sicily in October after organisers introduced on Friday a revised begin for the coronavirus-delayed Grand Tour.
The opening stage of the 103rd version will likely be a 16-kilometre particular person time-trial round Palermo on October 3, some 5 months after the race had been on account of begin within the Hungarian capital Budapest.
The Giro’s second stage will likely be a 150km run between Alcamo and Agrigento the next day. The primary main climb comes within the third stage on October 5 when riders will tackle Mount Etna, arriving at an altitude of 1,775 metres on the Piano Provenzana.
A dash end at Villafranca Tirrena following a 138km trip from Catania within the fourth stage will end the Giro’s spell on the island on October 6.
It will likely be the primary time since 2008 that the Giro launches its ‘Grande Partenza’ in Sicily, and the ninth time within the race’s historical past.
In Italy the Giro was branded the largest loser when biking’s revised calendar was introduced in Might as a result of the three-week race, which can function 21 phases, has a six-day overlap with the Vuelta a Espana and will likely be raced similtaneously three ‘Monument’ classics.
The opening 4 phases of the 2020 Giro d’Italia:
October 3: 1st stage, Monreale – Palermo, 16km (particular person time trial)
October 4: 2nd stage Alcamo – Agrigento, 150km
October 5: third stage Enna – Etna (Piano Provenzana), 150km
October 6: 4th stage Catania – Villafranca Tirrena, 138km