An individual time trial on the streets of the capital with a slightly uphill finish that’s followed by two stages ready-made for sprinters: this will be the opening of the 2020 Giro d’Italia, which will start on Saturday 9 May in Hungary. The first two stages will move from Heroes’ Square (UNESCO World Heritage) to the heart of Budapest. The finish of the ITT will be in the Castle district, in front of Matthias Church in the Square of Holy Trinity, with the last 1,500 meters of the route slightly uphill (average gradient of 4%). The finale of the second stage, on Sunday 10 May, will be in Gyor, the main city in North West Hungary, after 193km. The third stage will take the peloton from Szekesfehervar to Nagykanizsa, along the Lake Balaton, where a bunch sprint will be expected.
This will be the 14th Grande Partenza outside of Italy for the Corsa Rosa. The Giro d’Italia’s 13 previous starts outside Italy:
Stage 1’s ITT within the city of Budapest is flat in the first part and slightly uphill in the finale. The route starts from Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere) and continues along the Danube and the Parliament. After leaving the Danube the route enters in the old city to finish in Trinity Square, after about 1.5km at 4%.
From the start at Heroes’ Square in Budapest, the route reaches the Danube via the short and easy ascent of Svábvár. The course continues along the Magyar plain with a succession of easy undulations up to the short climb – with slopes in double figures – of Pannonhalma (site of a famous abbey), 22km from the finish. The route then arrives in Györ with a finish on the city boulevards for a probable sprint.