stage Type Difficulty Date Start > Finish Distance Km Details
Saturday, 9/05/2020 9/05 BUDAPEST > BUDAPEST TISSOT ITT 8.6 km
A short individual time trial running flat for the first 6 km, and then rising for the following 2 km. The stage is played out on wide and mostly straight city streets, up to the foot of the climb leading to the Castle Quarter. Gradients exceed 10% (topping out at 14%) over the first 300 m towards the castle, the climb then continues, uncomplicated, all the way to the finish. The fight between GC contenders will be on since the first stage, which may already provide a rough ranking of the “top players”.
Sunday, 10/05/2020 10/05 BUDAPEST > GYŐR 195 km
The stage is wavy since the start. The route takes in the undulations around the Danube River, before heading for a sprint finish in Györ. The short punchy bit in Pannonhalma with 25 km to go should not, however, alter the final outcome.
Monday, 11/05/2020 11/05 SZÉKESFEHÉRVÁR > NAGYKANIZSA 204 km
This stage is wavy throughout, but with no major hillocks, and rolls almost entirely along Lake Balaton. The stage finale runs fast on wide, level roads. However, the closing sprint is on a slight incline.
Tuesday, 12/05/2020 12/05 MONREALE > AGRIGENTO 136 km
The stage is wavy but fairly uncomplicated until the final 5 km. From here on, the route climbs from the Valley of the Temples to the finish in Agrigento with approximately 4 km at 5% and peaks of nearly 10% in the final part.
Wednesday, 13/05/2020 13/05 ENNA > ETNA (Piano Provenzana) 150 km
The will be the first summit finish. The route runs from Enna through inland Sicily, to the foot of the majestic volcano, and takes a first-ever climb from Linguaglossa to Piano Provenzana (18 km with average 7% gradients and peaks of nearly 10% in the stage finale).
Thursday, 14/05/2020 14/05 CATANIA > VILLAFRANCA TIRRENA 138 km
A short stage with just an uncomplicated climb in Portella Mandrazzi that will lead the peloton from the Ionian to the Tyrrhenian coast for the final 40 km, and culminating almost certainly in a sprint.
Friday, 15/05/2020 15/05 MILETO > CAMIGLIATELLO SILANO 223 km
This stage, running across Calabria, has a very wavy and potentially challenging profile. The route touches 3 provincial capitals (Vibo Valentia, Catanzaro and Cosenza) and takes in a number of ascents, including 3 categorised climbs. The last one, Valico di Montescuro, is over 25 km long, with nearly 1,500 m altitude gain and a fairly demanding finale. Past the summit, the route runs downhill for the final 10 km.
Saturday, 16/05/2020 16/05 CASTROVILLARI > BRINDISI 216 km
After a slightly downhill start, the route continues pan-flat up to the Ionian sea, and then follows the coast all the way to Apulia. Past Taranto, the route cuts across the Murge (nearing the Salento), up to Brindisi, where the stage will surely finish in a bunch sprint.
Sunday, 17/05/2020 17/05 GIOVINAZZO > VIESTE 198 km
The stage begins flat up to Manfredonia. From there, the route is hilly and intricate throughout the Gargano, taking in the Monte Sant'Angelo climb, and following the constant undulations of the rugged southern coastline. Upon reaching Vieste, the route will cover a 13-km circuit with a few short - yet punchy - bits, before homing in.
Tuesday, 19/05/2020 19/05 SAN SALVO > TORTORETO 212 km
This stage has a very wavy profile, with a succession of short but steep ramps, especially in the closing part. The route winds its way partly along the coast and partly inland, with a few challenging ascents such as the KOM in Chieti. Upon reaching Tortoreto, the peloton will climb to the upper town (with gradients exceeding 15%) before passing by the finish to tackle a 50-km “circuit” featuring the “walls” of Colonnella, Controguerra (20%) and Tortoreto (twice) in the stage finale.
Wednesday, 20/05/2020 20/05 PORTO SANT'ELPIDIO > RIMINI 181 km
The stage begins quite flat, along the coast. Past Pesaro, the route clears Monte San Bartolo and then approaches Rimini on undulating terrain, before a most likely sprint finish.
Thursday, 21/05/2020 21/05 CESENATICO > CESENATICO 205 km
The stage follows almost the same route as the famous Nove Colli amateur sportive. Upon reaching the foot of the Apennines, after leaving Cesenatico, the route undulates continuously to clear the nine hillocks of the sportive, five of which will award KOM points. Over the last 30 km, the peloton will ride across the plains, before reaching the seafront in Cesenatico.
Friday, 22/05/2020 22/05 CERVIA > MONSELICE 190 km
This is a flat stage ending with a bang. After nearly 160 flat kilometres, the route tackles two challenging ramps in the Colli Euganei: first, the Passo Roverello (a quite manageable climb, 4 km long), and then the Muro di Calaone, peaking out at 20% over 2 km. A wide descent into Este and a short flat section will then lead all the way to the finish.
Saturday, 23/05/2020 23/05 CONEGLIANO > VALDOBBIADENE (Prosecco Superiore Wine Stage) TISSOT ITT 33.7 km
This time trial is raced entirely in the terroir of Prosecco Superiore, currently a Unesco World Heritage Site. As the route features a continuous succession of climbs and descents, with challenging gradients at points (touching 19% at the Muro di Ca’ del Poggio), the riders will have to think through their energy management strategies.
Sunday, 24/05/2020 24/05 BASE AEREA RIVOLTO (Frecce Tricolori) > PIANCAVALLO 183 km
This mountain stage begins flat for 40 km, starting from the Air Base of the Frecce Tricolori aerobatic team. Then, a nearly uninterrupted succession of climbs and descents leads all the way to the foot of the final ascent of Piancavallo. The steepest gradients are found over the first 6 km, with peaks of 14%, then the climb remains challenging up to the final kilometre.
Tuesday, 26/05/2020 26/05 UDINE > SAN DANIELE DEL FRIULI 228 km
The stage route unfolds for two thirds across the Julian Prealps, and then enters the valley of the Tagliamento river. The riders will climb up the Madonnina del Domm (very popular among local amateurs) and up the northern slope of the Castelmonte Abbey hill (Monte Spig). After passing through Monteaperta and reaching San Daniele, the peloton will cover two laps of a technical circuit, taking in steep ramps leading to the castle of Susans (15%) and to Monte Ragogna (16%). Past the final kilometre, the route homes in on a constant incline.
Wednesday, 27/05/2020 27/05 BASSANO DEL GRAPPA > MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO 202 km
An unrelenting mountain stage with over 5,000 m vertical altitude gain in just a few major climbs, linked without pause for breath. The riders will climb up Forcella Valbona (a first-ever pass) and up Monte Bondone, coming from Aldeno (another first), with gradients over 10% in the second part of the ascent. After clearing the Passo Durone, the peloton will eventually tackle the closing climb to Madonna di Campiglio.
Thursday, 28/05/2020 28/05 PINZOLO > LAGHI DI CANCANO (Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio) 209 km
A colossal Alpine stage with 5,400 m vertical altitude gain in as little as four climbs. The route starts uphill on Passo Campo Carlo Magno, takes a first-ever pass on the recently-opened Passo Castrin/Hofmandjoch and enters the Val d'Ultimo for the first time. After leaving the Vinschgau Valley, the route tackles the Stelvio from the hardest side and, immediately afterwards, takes in the final climb leading to the Laghi di Cancano with 21 hairpins along the mountainside (the so-called “scale di Fraele”).
Friday, 29/05/2020 29/05 MORBEGNO > ASTI 251 km
At 251 kilometres, the longest stage of the Giro runs along the western side of Lake Como and crosses the Po Valley, all the way to the undulations of the province of Alessandria. The stage is likely to finish in a bunch sprint, unless a break succeeds.
Saturday, 30/05/2020 30/05 ALBA > SESTRIERE 200 km
A colossal Alpine stage with 5,000 m vertical altitude gain, crossing over to France. The riders will pass Colle dell'Agnello, Col d'Izoard and Monginevro, before the final climb up to Sestriere. According to many, this is a modern reinterpretation of the legendary Cuneo-Pinerolo.
Sunday, 31/05/2020 31/05 CERNUSCO SUL NAVIGLIO > MILANO TISSOT ITT 16.5 km
An individual time trial raced on wide, pan-flat (or slightly downhill) avenues, and homing in on Piazza Duomo, with a “classic” finale in the city that gave birth to the Giro.