The route for the 2020 Giro d’Italia is being announced live today in Milan.
You can watch the official presentation as it happens here.
Rumours have suggested the 2020 route for the Italian Grand Tour will include plenty of time trial kilometres and a monstrous queen stage with a gravel finish.
Giro d’Italia organisers RCS announced this week that Sagan will attend the official route presentation in Milan on Thursday (October 24), alongside 2018 Giro winner Richard Carapaz (Movistar).
Sagan is expected to race the Giro for the first time, in pursuit of a stage victory missing from his palmarès.
The race will start from Budapest on May 9 with a 9.5km time trial, before heading to Sicily.
In the final weekend, reports suggest the penultimate stage will be a huge day in the mountains with more than 5,000 metres of climbing and take in four huge summits.
Local Italian newspapers believe stage 20 will be a 220km day in the northern province of Cuneo, which would open with a long rise to the foot of the Coll dell’Agnello.
Then the stage would take in the Col d’Izoard, then the Colle del Monginevro before the potential finish in Sestriere.
But there are also reports that the stage may finish at 2,700m on the Colle Fraiteve, which includes 8km of unpaved roads to its summit.
The stage, which strays into France, would offer up 5,300m of altitude gain and could be held on May 30, according to reports, which would make it the penultimate stage of the race.
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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers. Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.
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