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2020 Giro d'Italia Route Reveals a Succession of Brutal Alpine Stages in the Final Week

Three stages in Hungary before the Italian Grand Tour heads to Sicily and Mount Etna along the Adriatic coast and into the Alps for several brutal mountain stages in the final week and a final time trial in Milan

Former world champion Peter Sagan has confirmed he will compete for the first time in the Giro d'Italia as the route for next year's race through Italy was unveiled in Milan on Thursday. Slovak Sagan, 29, will also take part in the Tour de France, where he holds the record for clinching the green jersey for the points winner seven times.

"I'm delighted to announce that on May 9th, I will be on the starting line in Budapest, ready to tackle this iconic Grand Tour for the first time," said the former three-time world champion . "Italy holds a special place in my heart. It is the country where I won my first World Championship in 2008 and where I spent the formative years of my professional career, riding for an Italian team. In the last ten years I have had the opportunity and privilege to compete, many times, in some of the most prestigious races held in Italy, but I always felt that something was missing, the Giro d'Italia."

The first three stages of next year's Giro d'Italia will be raced in Hungary, the 14th time the race has started outside Italy. The three-week race will get underway on October 3rd with a 9.5km individual time-trial on the streets of Budapest, and finishes on October 25 in Milan.

"With the first three stages held in Hungary, next year's Giro d'Italia will also give me the chance to race so close to Slovakia and I'm sure the cheers of the Slovak crowds will be felt along the course," added Sagan.

The race arrives in Italy on October 6 for three stages in Sicily. This year's race includes seven uphill finishes, including the opening time trial in Budapest.

 

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