Giro d’Italia 2020 Route: High Mountains & Three Time Trials

The 2020 Giro d’Italia route is epic.

A couple weeks after the reveal of the 2020 Tour de France route, we get a look at what to expect from the 2020 Giro d’Italia. What’s on the menu?

How about five mountaintop finishes, three time trials and an absolutely brutal final week of racing.

High altitude climbs are back for 2020, the final week includes the Passo Stelvio at 2758m, as well as three other 2000m+ ascents in the penultimate stage.

The 2020 Giro will open with three days of racing in Hungary. The opening 8.6km individual time trial will take place in the hear of Budapest followed by two sprint stages.

From Hungary, the race transfers to Sicily for three stages. The island stages includes a summit finish on Mount Etna (stage 5).

From there the race transfers to the mainland town of Mileto for stage 7. Three sprint/breakway stages will take the race north up the west coast before the first rest day after stage 9.

Stage 10 and 11 are rolling stages before the Giro’s tribute to the Nove Colli gran fondo. Another sprinter stage will follow before the longest time trial of the race at 33.7km.

Stage 15 features a summit finish atop the 1290m Piancavallo. Then comes the second rest day.

Finally the Giro reaches one of the toughest final weeks I’ve seen. First, a long hilly 16th stage followed by two 200km stages with four major mountains to be climbed. Stage 18 includes a trip up the 2,758m Stelvio.

The riders will get a slight rest on stage 19 with a flat stage, it is 250km in length though.

The penultimate stage is truly epic. The 200km mountain tour includes the Colle dell’Agnello, Col d’Izoard, and Col de Montgenèvre before a summit finish at Sestiere.

Finally, the race wraps up with a 16.5km time trial in Milan.

Peter Sagan Racing 2020 Giro d’Italia

Other big news during the Giro d’Italia route presentation, Peter Sagan announced he will race the Giro for the first time in 2020.

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