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Giro d'Italia 2020

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The postponed 2020 Giro d’Italia gets underway in Monreale on October 3 with a 15.1km individual time trial, having moved from its normal May time slot to the autumn because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Rather than start in Budapest, as originally planned, the Giro will start with four days in Sicily – site of the start of the 2021 race – before reaching the mainland on stage 5 and the race then winds its way northwards and into the high mountains.

As well as featuring three individual time trials, the 2020 Giro will include a series of high-altitude mountain passes in its third week. The penultimate stage will bring the gruppo from Alba to Sestriere by way of the mighty Colle dell’Agnello, Col d’Izoard and Col de Montgenèvre.

The 2019 Giro was won by Richard Carapaz, who seized the maglia rosa after claiming stage victory at Courmayeur. The Ecuadorian rode with assurance in the final week to repel the challenges of Vincenzo Nibali and Primoz Roglic, and he was feted as the Giro champion in the Arena in Verona.

Nibali is expected to return to the Giro in 2020 in the colours of his new team Trek-Segafredo, while it is also anticipated that Peter Sagan will make his Giro debut. Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos), having been omitted from his team's squad for the Tour de France, will start as one of the overall favourites.

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