The 2020 Giro d’Italia will take place from October 3 to October 25, having been forced to move from it’s normal spot in May due to the coronavirus pandemic. The start will now take place in Sicily instead of its original plan of hosting the opening three stages in Hungary.
The change and subsequent crossover with the northern Classics in Belgium and France has meant a lot of riders planning to take on the Giro originally have now reverted back to the Tour de France, which takes place in August and September.
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Still, a stellar line-up of GC riders will take part, while Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will forgo his usual aims at the Classics to take on the Giro, having agreed with organisers RCS to make his debut in the race this year.
Tifosi favourite Vincenzo Nibali will ride for his new Trek-Segafredo team with the aim of taking a third title, while his former team-mate Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) will hope to secure his first overall win at a Grand Tour. Defending champion Richard Carapaz will make his Grand Tour debut for Team Ineos with the aim of retaining his title he won with Movistar last year. Spanish squad Movistar will place their hopes on Marc Soler, who has yet to show himself as real overall contender in three week races.
Belgian superstar Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) will make his career Grand Tour debut, and with such formidable talent it’s hard to rule out his chances of placing highly or even challenging for the victory if he can maintain form for the full three weeks of racing.
There’s also a strong sprinting line-up for the Corsa Rosa. As well as Peter Sagan, Grand Tour stage winners Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ), Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma), Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), and Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) will all be competing for the victory on the flat stages.
Line-ups are far from confirmed and we’ll update this page as more riders for the Giro d’Italia 2020 are confirmed.
Giro d’Italia 2020 start list
Ag2r La Mondiale
Astana Pro Team
EF Pro Cycling
Groupama – FDJ
Israel Start-Up Nation
DE BUYST Jasper
HAGEN Carl Fredrik
NTT Pro Cycling
VAN EMDEN Jos
DE PLUS Laurens
UAE Team Emirates
Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec
Bardiani CSF Faizanè
Vini Zabi KTM