One of professional cycling’s three Grand Tours, the Giro d’Italia (meaning Tour of Italy) is a 3 week long multiple-stage race held every year, primarily in Italy.
The 2019 pink jersey (maglia rosa), given to the General Clarification winner of the Giro d’Italia, was won by Ecudaor’s Richard Carapaz of Team Movistar. Carapaz beat the Italian and two time Giro winner, Vincenzo Nibali by 1 minute and 11 seconds.
When is the Giro d’Italia?
The Giro d’Italia is held annually, usually over 3 weeks in May and sometimes continuing into June. The 2020 Giro was originally due to take place between Saturday the 9th May and Sunday 31st May 2020, however was put back to later in the year due to the Coronavirus pandemic and will now take place from Saturday 3rd October to Sunday 25th October 2020.
Where is the Giro d’Italia?
The Giro d’Italia is predominantly held in Italy but has been known to pass through neighbouring countries such as San Marino, France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia and the Vatican City State.
The start of the Giro, known as the Grande Partenza takes place in a different town each year. It has become more common for the start of the Giro to be held outside of Italy to increase international international interest in the event. The 2020 Grande Partenza, will be taking part in Budapest in Hungary. Other starts to the Giro outside of Italy, include the following:
1965 – San Marino, San Marino
1966 – Monte Carlo, Monaco
1973 – Verviers, Belgium
1974 – Rome, Vatican City
1996 – Athens, Greece
1998 – Nice, France
2002 – Groningen, Netherlands
2006 – Seraing, Belgium
2010 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
2012 – Heming, Denmark
2014 – Belfast, Northern Ireland
2016 – Apeldoorn, Netherlands
2018 – Jerusalem, Israel
2020 – Budapest, Hungary
Details of the 2020 Giro d’Italia are available below:
How do I get there?
Italy has a number of international airports, including in Rome, Milan, Venice, Catania, Naples, Bologna and Pisa among others which between them serve many destinations across Europe and the World.