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Giro d'Italia 2020 to start in Budapest, Hungary

Joe Robinson
15 Apr 2019

Eastern Europe to experience Grand Tour racing as Giro ventures abroad for 14th time in history

Hungary will become the latest country to host a Grand Tour grand depart as the Giro d'Italia announced Budapest as the host for the race's Grande Partenza in 2020.

Announced in Budapest by race organiser RCS and members of the Hungarian government, the race will start with a stage in the nation's capital before two further stages outside of the city. After this, the race will return to Italy.

The announcement of Budapest is all part of RCS's attempt to make the Giro a more international race with this will be the 14th occasion in which the race has begun outside of Italy, starting with its San Marino Grande Partenza in 1965.

The most recent visit abroad saw the race leave Europe for Jerusalem, Israel last year. Other recent foreign starts have also included Belfast, Northern Ireland and Apeldoorn in the Netherlands.

Details of the routes have yet to be confirmed although it is expected the race will begin on the Friday allowing riders, staff and journalists the chance to travel from Hungary back to Italy on the Monday, the race's first rest day.

Budapest to Trieste, Italy's most northeastern city, will be a 550km drive for the race convoy and primary reason for the race's extra race day although much shorter than the race's transfer last year when the entire convoy of support vehicles had to journey from Eilat, Israel to Catania on the island of Sicily.

Chris Froome eventually went onto win his maiden pink jersey in Rome three weeks later.

Following 2020's trip to Budapest, the Giro d'Italia will return for a home start in 2021 with the island of Sicily already having been confirmed as host.

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