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.

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This will be the 14th Grande Partenza outside of Italy for the Corsa Rosa. The Giro d’Italia’s 13 previous starts outside Italy:

  • 1965 San Marino (Republic of San Marino)
  • 1966 Monte Carlo (Principality of Monaco)
  • 1973 Verviers (Belgium)
  • 1974 Vatican City
  • 1996 Athens (Greece)
  • 1998 Nice (France)
  • 2002 Groningen (The Netherlands
  • 2006 Seraing (Belgium)
  • 2010 Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • 2012 Herning (Denmark)
  • 2014 Belfast (Northern Ireland)
  • 2016 Apeldoorn (The Netherlands)
  • 2018 Jerusalem (Israel)

Stage 1: Budapest – Budapest ITT

9th May 2020 - 9.5km

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%.

Stage 2: Budapest – Györ

10th May 2020 - 193km

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.

Stage 3: Székesfehérvár - Nagykanizsa

11th May 2020 - 197km

A practically flat stage with slight, but mild, undulations along the entire route. Much of the stage runs alongside Lake Balaton with some deviations inland in Veszprém and Héviz. The route then continues on flat terrain to approach the city of Nagykanizsa until the very likely bunch gallop.