Sicily is scheduled to be the site of the start of the 2021 Giro, so possibly the organisation swaps the 2020 and 2021 Grande Partenza’s and open on the southernmost island this year. Whatever will be revealed at the end of June with the unveiling of the new route, we should expect most stages to remain as they were officially announced last October.
Stage 4 leads to a punchy finish climb in Agrigento and the 5th stage serves an uphill finish on Mount Etna – 18.2 kilometres at 6.8% -, while the 6th stage travels over a huge climb halfway to a flat finale.
Following a short transfer to the mainland the 7th stage is another lumpy test with a demanding finale – 25.6 kilometres climb before a flying descent into Camigliatello Silano. The 8th stage is a flat race to Brindisi before the Giro heads north along the Atlantic. The 9th stage serves a finale for strong sprinters, while stage 10 is tailor made for Classics riders and stage 11 should see a sprint finish in Rimini.
The hills of Emilia Romagna feature heavily in the 12th stage. The out-and-back race in Cesenatico takes in 3,800 metres of climbing before stage 13 serves a flat race with two hills in the last 30 kilometres. A demanding individual time trial in the Fruili wine country is on the cards in stage 14: 33.7 kilometres long and played out on rolling roads. The 15th stage will set off from the Rivolto Air Base to finish in ski resort Piancavallo. The final ascents kicks in hard with an average slope of 9.4% in the first 6 kilometres.
The final week kicks off with a demanding race from Udine to San Daniele del Friuli. The tone is set and the Giro continues with the 17th stage over the legendary Monte Bondone, while the finish climb leads to the Madonna di Campiglio skiresort. A passage over the mighty Stelvio is included in stage 18 to Lago di Cancano in the mountains above Bormio before the 19th stage wil be the last chance for the sprinters in Asti, southeast of Turin.
The 20th stage on the penultimate day of action takes in the Colle dell’Agnello (21 kilometres at 6.9%), Col d’Izoard (13.9 kilometres at 7.1%) and Colle del Monginevro (6.4 kilometres at 6.7%) before finishing uphill in Sestriere after a 11.3 kilometres ascent at 6%.
The 21st stage is a 16.5 kilometres individual time trial from Cernusco di Naviglio to Milano.
Giro d’Italia 2020: route, profiles, more
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