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Il Giro d’Italia (Tour of Italy) of 2020 will take place from October 3 to October 25 in Sicily, instead of Hungary which was the original plan of hosting the first three opening stages. Just like all the rest of sport competitions in the world, had been forced to move from its normal spot in May, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Il Giro d’Italia is one of cycling’s three Grand Tours, along with Tour de France and La Vuelta a España, the most prestigious in the world.
This year Il Giro will coincide with the Spanish tour, La Vuelta, which has cut to 18 stages this season, starting on October 20 and finishing on November 8. Concerning Tour de France, it will start on August 29th.
Il Giro d’Italia (Tour of Italy), is the annual Italian bicycle race and was born in 1909, organized and sponsored by the Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.
This competition is described as the toughest race in the world where the leader of the general classification is identified by a pink jersey (maglia rosa) because this was the color of the paper in which the newspaper, La Gazzetta dello Sport, was printed.
Like the other Grand Tours, the modern editions of the Giro d’Italia normally consist of 21 day-long segments (stages) over a 23-day period that includes 2 rest days. Il Giro included outstanding mountain obstacles in its route in 1911, with the mythical Sestriere, over 2,000 m high, and in 1937 with the peaks of the Dolomites mountain range.
During the Tour, cyclists pass in all the various regions in Italy and one of the beautiful descriptions of this Tour lets you know the difficulties of this race:
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¨The madness of a descent that plunges towards the center of the earth. The torture of a hill that soars into the sky. The solitude of the road and the celebration at the finish line. The embrace of the people that push you with their hands and hearts. The war against time, which is both with you and against you. The fatigue that is never-ending, even when it’s over. And then there is the rain, wind, snow, tears, and joy. This is what Giro is¨.
Giro d´Italia 2020 stages
Present season 2020
The 103rd edition of the Giro d’Italia will start from Palermo in Sicily and end in the city of Milan. The course will have a total of 21 stages over a final distance of 3579.8 km.
22 teams will be competing in the race, 19 from UCI WorldTeams, that are entitled and obliged to enter the race and additionally, 3 second-tier from UCI Professional Continental teams that were invited to participate in the event.
The 2019 Giro d’Italia was won by the Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz, for the Movistar team, who seized the maglia rosa after claiming stage victory at Courmayeur.
He rode with assurance in the final week to repel the challenges of Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida team) and the Slovenian Primož Roglič (Jumbo–Visma team). Finally, Carapaz was feted as the Giro champion in the Arena in Verona.
This year, Carapaz will come back to defend his title but now with his new team, the British Ineos, which he signed for the next 3 seasons.
Vincenzo Nibali will also return to this 2020 Giro in the colors of his new team, Trek-Segafredo, with the intention of reclaiming the crown that he won in 2013 and 2016.
The 34-year-old Italian, who won the Tour de France in 2014, the Giro d’Italia in 2013 and 2016 and the 2010 La Vuelta, had been riding for the Bahrain team for three years.
Since his professional debut in 2005, Nibali has competed for Fassa Bortolo, Liquigas, Astana, Bahrain-Merida and now he will do it for Trek-Segafredo.
Winners of the lasts Giro d’Italia
2019 – Richard Carapaz (Ecuador)
2018 – Chris Froome (U.K.)
2017 – Tom Dumoulin (The Netherlands)
2016 – Vincenzo Nibali (Italy)
2015 – Alberto Contador (Spain)
This year Il Giro comes later but that doesn’t mean we can not enjoy the tour as we have always done.