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First three stages of Giro d'Italia cancelled

Hungarian authorities decide to cancel Giro d'Italia start due to coronavirus

Joe Robinson
13 Mar 2020

The first three stages of the Giro d'Italia, set to be held in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The news was broken by Hungarian politician Máriusz Révész on Facebook on Friday morning, confirming that the Hungarian parliament had informed organiser RCS on Thursday of its decision to cancel the Grande Partenza.

'Due to the serious disease situation in Europe, it will not be possible to organise the first three stages of Giro d'Italia in Hungary in May 2020,' Révész's statement read.

According to his post, RCS and authorities in Hungary had been discussing the ongoing situation for the past three weeks. 

In light of the major outbreak and lockdown of Italy and confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hungary, authorities decided that it would not be possible to host international events.

Instead of hosting the first three stages, from 9th to 11th May, it would endeavour to find a new date to rearrange to.

'On 12th March, the organising committee of the Hungarian start [of the] Giro d'Italia... announced to the Italian partner that the start of the Giro could not be held in Hungary,' the statement continued.

'The agreement has been established with the director of the Italian law. The aim of both parties is to change the contract in order to start from Hungary at a later date.'

This heavily suggests that the Giro d'Italia will be postponed and not held in its usual date of May.

Cyclist has contacted RCS for an official statement. More to follow