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Giro d'Italia postponed due to coronavirus pandemic

Joe Robinson
13 Mar 2020

Organisers will not announce a new date until April at the earliest

The Giro d'Italia has been postponed until a later date due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, organisers have confirmed.

In a statement released today, RCS stated that in response to the 'international and national situation' the date of the 2020 Giro d'Italia is being pushed back from its original start in early May.

The Italian Grand Tour was due to start on the 9th May in the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Earlier today, the Hungarian government declared a state of emergency and the cancellation of its Giro stages.

In response to this, RCS made the decision to push the entire race back.

'As a consequence, the Organising Committee of the Giro d'Italia's Hungarian stages declared that the Giro's start could not be held in Hungary at the originally scheduled time,' the statement said.

'All parties have agreed that they are determined to work together to enable the Giro d'Italia to depart from Hungary at a later time. RCS Sport, having taken note of the international and national situation, announces that the date of the 2020 Giro d'Italia is thereby postponed.'

It went on to state that a decision for a new date would not be taken until 3rd April and only once the race organisers have consulted with the Italian government, local and territorial authorities and sporting institutions.

Currently, Italy has been placed into lockdown as a measure to combat the spread of COVID-19.

All public gatherings, including sporting events, have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.