It’s no surprise that the Giro d’Italia will be mixing it up once more with a unique ‘Grande Partenza’, following their 2018 depart in Israel and former starts in Sardinia, the Netherlands and Ireland.
In 2020, the Grande Partenza, will be hosted in Hungary, where the first three stages will go on to take place. Kick starting in its capital of Budapest with an opening Individual Time Trial, it will undoubtedly be quite the spectacle as the riders tackle a 9.5km course starting at one of the cities largest and most visited sights, ‘Heroes’ Square’. The route will then travel through the history-rich, medieval old-town streets, before completing the effort with a 4%, 1.5km climb into the visually spectacular Castle district. The short Time Trial will crown the first Maglia Rosa of 2020 with time gaps expected to be minimal.
From there, Stage Two will travel from Budapest to Györ as the riders race 193km over mostly flat terrain, with only a few minor climbs along the way, marking the first prime opportunity for the sprinters to earn early success and stamp their authority.
Stage Three, will prove even flatter than the day prior, covering 197km from Székesfehérvár to Nagykanizsa, along the shores of the picturesque Lake Balaton. Again resulting in an almost certain sprint battle to the line. By now, there will be clear idea as to who the ‘fast men’ of the 2020 Giro will be!
“This will be the 14th time that the Giro d’Italia starts from abroad and the first time from this part of Europe,” race director Mauro Vegni said, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. “There will be three stages on Hungarian soil that will allow riders to race in places that are still little known in professional cycling.
“When we choose the site of a Grande Partenza, the tradition and sporting passion of the area is one of the many aspects that we evaluate. We’re certain that many Hungarians will line the roads of the Giro making these days of sport unforgettable and unique.”
Mummu Cycling will be returning to the 2020 Giro d’Italia with bells on, following an incredibly successful 2019. Following the announcement of the exciting Hungarian Grande Partenza, we can’t wait to see what else the Giro will have in store…
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