Giro 2020 Route stage 1: Budapest ITT

Giro d'Italia 2020Saturday 9 May - The Giro d'Italia kicks into gear with a 8.6 kilometer ITT within the Hungarian city of Budapest. The flat route concludes with a climb of 1.3 kilometres at 5% with a section up to 14%.

The starting ramp is situated Hősök tere, or Heroes’ Square, which obviously is a well chosen place to start the first Grand Tour of 2020. The riders head to the Danube and continue along the river. The route passes the Parliament and turns left to cross the river. After another stint on the Danube the riders turn right to climb to the old city on Castle Hill. The only intermediate time check is after 7.3 kilometer, just before the only climb.

The finish is at Szentháromság tér, or Holy Trinity Square. The ascent to the line is 1.3 kilometres long and the average gradient sits at 5%. Which is really is a biased statistic as the first 300 meters go up at 10% before the climb levels out.

The Big Start of last year’s Giro was in Bologna, also with an ITT. Primoz Roglic won the race ahead of Simon Yates and Vincenzo Nibali. It was a trying start with a finish climb of 2.1 kilometres at 9.7%.

Giro d’Italia 2020 stage 1: route, profile, more

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