Giro d’Italia Postponed due to Coronavirus Outbreak in Europe

Giro d’Italia, which was due to start in Budapest, has been postponed after the Hungarian government’s move to announce a state of emergency in response to the ongoing coronavirus crisis

Giro d’Italia Postponed due to Coronavirus Outbreak in Europe

Cycling’s first Grand Tour of the season was scheduled to start on May 9 in the Hungarian capital — the first time the prestigious race was to depart from eastern Europe.

“The organising committee of the Giro d’Italia’s Hungarian stages announced the Giro’s start could not be held in Hungary at the originally scheduled time,” a statement said.

“All parties have agreed that they are determined to work together to enable the Giro d’Italia to depart from Hungary at a later time.”

As well as the opening time trial through Budapest’s historic centre, two more stages were scheduled in Hungary before the race swung back to Italy.

In a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus, Hungary has prohibited the organisation of mass events.

No revised start date or location for the race has been announced, with a decision not expected before April 3.

Italy is in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic which has so far killed more than 1,000 people in the country and prompted the government into restricting movement until at least April 3.

“The new date will be announced no earlier than 3 April when the provisions of the D.P.C.M. (Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic) of 4 March 2020 will end, and only after having consulted with the appropriate representatives of the Italian Government, local and territorial authorities and Italian and international sports institutions,” the statement added.

All sporting events have been suspended in Italy, including the Serie A soccer league, because of the coronavirus outbreak and cycling has been hit especially hard.

Already the Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo and Tirreno-Adriatico races have been cancelled.

Giro race director Mauro Vegni was quoted saying: “We are waiting for the end of this month to understand what will happen."

“In my opinion there will be a complete review of the whole year, for all activities. It is a complicated moment.”

Earlier this week the president of cycling’s governing body the UCI, David Lappartient, said it would be a “disaster” for the sport if the Giro or Tour de France were cancelled.

The Tour de France is due to begin on June 27 in Nice. On Friday the Paris-Nice race was shortened by a stage with the final stage to Nice on Sunday being cancelled.

 
Tag: giro
 
Apr 18 2020 - NEWS: You can ride the Virtual Giro d'Italia while you wait for the real thing!
Apr 02 2020 - NEWS: Chris Froome's attack on the Finestre in the Giro Most Heroic
Mar 18 2020 - NEWS: Shortened Giro d’Italia and Spring Classics could move to the Fall
Mar 14 2020 - NEWS: Giro d’Italia Postponed due to Coronavirus Outbreak in Europe
Jan 10 2020 - NEWS: 5 Star Cycling Experience: Riding the Giro d’Italia with Garda Bike Hotel
Jan 10 2020 - NEWS: Remco Evenepoel handed first Grand Tour debut at the 2020 Giro d’Italia
Dec 07 2019 - NEWS: Egan Bernal will race both the Giro and Tour in 2020
Oct 29 2019 - NEWS: Peter Sagan: I wanted to ride Giro d'Italia before retiring
Oct 27 2019 - NEWS: Davide Rebellin could ride 2020 Giro at 48 years old
Oct 24 2019 - NEWS: 2020 Giro d'Italia Route Reveals a Succession of Brutal Alpine Stages in the Final Week
Oct 21 2019 - NEWS: Peter Sagan to attend 2020 Giro d'Italia Presentation
Jan 14 2020 - NEWS: Registration open for Austria’s challenging ARLBERG Giro
May 13 2019 - NEWS: Tour de France Livestream
Jun 27 2019 - NEWS: Three stages of the start of the 2010 Giro d'Italia in Hungary Revealed
Jun 02 2019 - NEWS: Carapaz wins the Giro d'Italia as American Chad Haga takes Final Time Trial Victory
Sep 12 2016 - RESULTS: Hundreds Tackled the Gigantic Mt. Palomar in 5th Annual Giro Di San Diego
Sep 09 2014 - RESULTS: Giro di San Diego GranFondo
Nov 12 2013 - RESULTS: Giro d Italia Wraps Up an Amazing Season in Miami
Jun 04 2013 - RESULTS: Giro d'Italia Los Angeles Pasadena
Mar 19 2017 - EVENT: Giro d'Perth
May 26 2018 - EVENT: TOSH Giro Donna
Oct 06 2019 - EVENT: Aixa Girona
Oct 06 2019 - EVENT: Pathfinder Giro
Jan 26 2020 - EVENT: Gravel Ride Barcelona - Girona
Mar 14 2020 - EVENT: Giro del Lago
May 17 2020 - EVENT: The Midland Monster
Jul 10 2020 - EVENT: Engadin Bike Giro
Jul 18 2020 - EVENT: Bodensee Gravel Giro
Aug 29 2020 - EVENT: Göteborgsgirot
Oct 03 2020 - EVENT: 2020 Giro d'Italia
Oct 05 2020 - EVENT: Girona Gran Fondo
Oct 11 2020 - EVENT: GiroSardegna
Oct 17 2020 - EVENT: Devil's Slide Ride
Nov 01 2020 - EVENT: El Giro de Rigo