The 2020 Giro d'Italia was a road cycling stage race that took place between 3 and 25 October, after initially being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was originally to have taken place from 9 to 31 May 2020, as the 103rd edition of the Giro d'Italia, a three-week Grand Tour. The start of the 2020 Giro (known as the Grande Partenza) had been planned to take place in Budapest, Hungary, which would have been the 14th time the Giro has started outside Italy, and the first time a Grand Tour has visited Hungary.
|2020 UCI World Tour, race 16 of 21|
|Distance||3,361.4[N 1] km (2,089 mi)|
|Winning time||85h 40' 21"|
The event was jeopardised by the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy, and in March 2020 it was postponed, as other early season races in Italy had been. When the government of Hungary announced they would not allow the Grande Partenza to take place, RCS Sport decided they would postpone the race to a later to-be-determined date. On 15 April, UCI announced that both Giro and Vuelta would take place in autumn after the 2020 UCI Road World Championships. On 5 May, UCI announced that the Giro would take place between 3 and 25 October, overlapping with the 2020 Vuelta a España .
The race was won by Tao Geoghegan Hart of Great Britain and Ineos Grenadiers, who finished 39 seconds ahead of Australia's Jai Hindley, having taken over leadership of his team after pre-race favourite and teammate Geraint Thomas had crashed out at an early stage. Hart also won the young riders' jersey, and became the first rider in Giro history to win the pink jersey outright on the final stage, having never worn it during the race - he entered the decisive final day time-trial level on time, but second on countback, to Hindley. The mountains jersey as won by Ruben Guerreiro and the sprinters' prize went to Simon Pellaud.
Twenty-two teams participated in the 2020 Giro d'Italia. All nineteen UCI WorldTeams are entitled, and obliged, to enter the race. Additionally, three second-tier UCI ProTeams were invited to participate in the event. The teams were announced on 16 January 2020. On 13 October 2020, ahead of the start of stage 10, Mitchelton-Scott and Jumbo-Visma withdrew all their remaining riders from the race following positive COVID-19 tests.
The teams participating in the race were:
Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers), the 2018 Tour de France champion, was considered the pre-race favourite. Simon Yates (Mitchelton–Scott) was seen as one of his main challengers after beating Thomas in the lead-up race Tirreno–Adriatico. Steven Kruijswijk (Team Jumbo–Visma), a previous race leader in 2016, was another top contender, as was the only past champion in the field – two-time winner Vincenzo Nibali (Trek–Segafredo). Astana's trio of Jakob Fuglsang, Miguel Ángel López and Aleksandr Vlasov were also seen as top contenders. Other riders considered as contenders included Rafal Majka (Bora–Hansgrohe) and Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb). Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) was earlier considered a favourite but did not enter the race due to injuries sustained in Il Lombardia.
Riders believed to be the main contenders for victories on the sprint stages were Arnaud Démare (Groupama–FDJ), Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), Peter Sagan (Bora–Hansgrohe), Elia Viviani (Cofidis) and Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb).
Route and stagesEdit
|1||3 October||Monreale to Palermo||15 km (9 mi)||Individual time trial||Filippo Ganna (ITA)|
|2||4 October||Alcamo to Agrigento||149 km (93 mi)||Hilly stage||Diego Ulissi (ITA)|
|3||5 October||Enna to Etna||150 km (93 mi)||Mountain stage||Jonathan Caicedo (ECU)|
|4||6 October||Catania to Villafranca Tirrena||140 km (87 mi)||Flat stage||Arnaud Démare (FRA)|
|5||7 October||Mileto to Camigliatello Silano||225 km (140 mi)||Intermediate stage||Filippo Ganna (ITA)|
|6||8 October||Castrovillari to Matera||188 km (117 mi)||Flat stage||Arnaud Démare (FRA)|
|7||9 October||Matera to Brindisi||143 km (89 mi)||Flat stage||Arnaud Démare (FRA)|
|8||10 October||Giovinazzo to Vieste||200 km (124 mi)||Intermediate stage||Alex Dowsett (GBR)|
|9||11 October||San Salvo to Roccaraso (Aremogna)||207 km (129 mi)||Mountain stage||Ruben Guerreiro (POR)|
|12 October||Rest day|
|10||13 October||Lanciano to Tortoreto||177 km (110 mi)||Intermediate stage||Peter Sagan (SVK)|
|11||14 October||Porto Sant'Elpidio to Rimini||182 km (113 mi)||Flat stage||Arnaud Démare (FRA)|
|12||15 October||Cesenatico to Cesenatico||204 km (127 mi)||Intermediate stage||Jhonatan Narváez (ECU)|
|13||16 October||Cervia to Monselice||192 km (119 mi)||Hilly stage||Diego Ulissi (ITA)|
|14||17 October||Conegliano to Valdobbiadene||34.1 km (21 mi)||Individual time trial||Filippo Ganna (ITA)|
|15||18 October||Base Aerea Rivolto to Piancavallo||185 km (115 mi)||Mountain stage||Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBR)|
|19 October||Rest day|
|16||20 October||Udine to San Daniele del Friuli||229 km (142 mi)||Intermediate stage||Jan Tratnik (SLO)|
|17||21 October||Bassano del Grappa to Madonna di Campiglio||203 km (126 mi)||Mountain stage||Ben O'Connor (AUS)|
|18||22 October||Pinzolo to Laghi di Cancano||207 km (129 mi)||Mountain stage||Jai Hindley (AUS)|
|19||23 October||124.5 km (77 mi)[N 2]||Flat stage||Josef Černý (CZE)|
|20||24 October||Alba to Sestriere||190 km (118 mi)[N 3]||Mountain stage||Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBR)|
|21||25 October||Cernusco sul Naviglio to Milano||15.7 km (10 mi)||Individual time trial||Filippo Ganna (ITA)|
|Total||3,361.4 km (2,089 mi)[N 1]|
- On stage 2, João Almeida, who was second in the points classification, wore the cyclamen jersey, because first placed Filippo Ganna wore the pink jersey as the leader of the general classification. Because Ganna and Almeida were also the first two riders in the young rider classification, Mikkel Bjerg, who was third in the young rider classification, wore the white jersey.
- On stage 3, João Almeida, who was second in the young rider classification, wore the white jersey, because first placed Filippo Ganna wore the pink jersey as the leader of the general classification.
- On stages 4–10, Harm Vanhoucke, who was second in the young rider classification, wore the white jersey, because first placed João Almeida wore the pink jersey as the leader of the general classification. On stages 11–14 and 16–18, Jai Hindley wore the white jersey for the same reason, as did Brandon McNulty on stage 15.
- On stage 21, Tao Geoghegan Hart, who was second in the young rider classification, wore the white jersey, because first placed Jai Hindley wore the pink jersey as the leader of the general classification.
Final classification standingsEdit
|Denotes the winner of the general classification||Denotes the winner of the mountains classification|
|Denotes the winner of the points classification||Denotes the winner of the young rider classification|
|1||Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBR)||Ineos Grenadiers||85h 40' 21"|
|2||Jai Hindley (AUS)||Team Sunweb||+ 39"|
|3||Wilco Kelderman (NED)||Team Sunweb||+ 1' 29"|
|4||João Almeida (POR)||Deceuninck–Quick-Step||+ 2' 57"|
|5||Pello Bilbao (ESP)||Bahrain–McLaren||+ 3' 09"|
|6||Jakob Fuglsang (DEN)||Astana||+ 7' 02"|
|7||Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)||Trek–Segafredo||+ 8' 15"|
|8||Patrick Konrad (AUT)||Bora–Hansgrohe||+ 8' 42"|
|9||Fausto Masnada (ITA)||Deceuninck–Quick-Step||+ 9' 57"|
|10||Hermann Pernsteiner (AUT)||Bahrain–McLaren||+ 11' 05"|
|1||Arnaud Démare (FRA)||Groupama–FDJ||233|
|2||Peter Sagan (SVK)||Bora–Hansgrohe||184|
|3||João Almeida (POR)||Deceuninck–Quick-Step||108|
|4||Filippo Ganna (ITA)||Ineos Grenadiers||87|
|5||Josef Černý (CZE)||CCC Team||78|
|6||Andrea Vendrame (ITA)||AG2R La Mondiale||78|
|7||Diego Ulissi (ITA)||UAE Team Emirates||77|
|8||Simon Pellaud (SUI)||Androni Giocattoli–Sidermec||70|
|9||Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBR)||Ineos Grenadiers||66|
|10||Patrick Konrad (AUT)||Bora–Hansgrohe||61|
|1||Ruben Guerreiro (POR)||EF Pro Cycling||234|
|2||Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBR)||Ineos Grenadiers||157|
|3||Thomas De Gendt (BEL)||Lotto–Soudal||122|
|4||Rohan Dennis (AUS)||Ineos Grenadiers||119|
|5||Ben O'Connor (AUS)||NTT Pro Cycling||71|
|6||Jai Hindley (AUS)||Team Sunweb||71|
|7||Wilco Kelderman (NED)||Team Sunweb||55|
|8||Filippo Ganna (ITA)||Ineos Grenadiers||48|
|9||Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP)||Ineos Grenadiers||45|
|10||Einer Rubio (COL)||Movistar Team||44|
Young rider classificationEdit
|1||Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBR)||Ineos Grenadiers||85h 40' 21"|
|2||Jai Hindley (AUS)||Team Sunweb||+ 39"|
|3||João Almeida (POR)||Deceuninck–Quick-Step||+ 2' 57"|
|4||Sergio Samitier (ESP)||Movistar Team||+ 35' 29"|
|5||James Knox (GBR)||Deceuninck–Quick-Step||+ 37' 41"|
|6||Brandon McNulty (USA)||UAE Team Emirates||+ 38' 10"|
|7||Aurélien Paret-Peintre (FRA)||AG2R La Mondiale||+ 45' 04"|
|8||Ben O'Connor (AUS)||NTT Pro Cycling||+ 1h 02' 57"|
|9||Sam Oomen (NED)||Team Sunweb||+ 1h 03' 46"|
|10||Matteo Fabbro (ITA)||Bora–Hansgrohe||+ 1h 13' 49"|
|1||Ineos Grenadiers||257h 15' 58"|
|2||Deceuninck–Quick-Step||+ 22' 32"|
|3||Team Sunweb||+ 28' 50"|
|4||Bahrain–McLaren||+ 32' 50"|
|5||Bora–Hansgrohe||+ 1h 12' 34"|
|6||NTT Pro Cycling||+ 1h 49' 59"|
|7||AG2R La Mondiale||+ 2h 04' 38"|
|8||Movistar Team||+ 2h 08' 26"|
|9||Astana||+ 2h 29' 44"|
|10||Trek–Segafredo||+ 2h 42' 36"|
Intermediate sprint classificationEdit
|1||Simon Pellaud (SUI)||Androni Giocattoli–Sidermec||78|
|2||Thomas De Gendt (BEL)||Lotto–Soudal||56|
|3||Marco Frapporti (ITA)||Vini Zabù–Brado–KTM||44|
|4||Mattia Bais (ITA)||Androni Giocattoli–Sidermec||34|
|5||Jhonatan Restrepo (COL)||Androni Giocattoli–Sidermec||28|
|6||Andrea Vendrame (ITA)||AG2R La Mondiale||25|
|7||Peter Sagan (SVK)||Bora–Hansgrohe||21|
|8||Francesco Romano (ITA)||Bardiani–CSF–Faizanè||20|
|9||Héctor Carretero (ESP)||Movistar Team||19|
|10||Matthew Holmes (GBR)||Lotto–Soudal||17|
|1||Thomas De Gendt (BEL)||Lotto–Soudal||55|
|2||Simon Pellaud (SUI)||Androni Giocattoli–Sidermec||52|
|3||Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBR)||Ineos Grenadiers||45|
|4||Ruben Guerreiro (POR)||EF Pro Cycling||45|
|5||Peter Sagan (SVK)||Bora–Hansgrohe||40|
|6||Rohan Dennis (AUS)||Ineos Grenadiers||39|
|7||Filippo Ganna (ITA)||Ineos Grenadiers||37|
|8||Jai Hindley (AUS)||Team Sunweb||36|
|9||João Almeida (POR)||Deceuninck–Quick-Step||35|
|10||Arnaud Démare (FRA)||Groupama–FDJ||33|
|1||Mattia Bais (ITA)||Androni Giocattoli–Sidermec||458|
|2||Marco Frapporti (ITA)||Vini Zabù–Brado–KTM||428|
|3||Simon Pellaud (SUI)||Androni Giocattoli–Sidermec||352|
|4||Matthew Holmes (GBR)||Lotto–Soudal||336|
|5||Salvatore Puccio (ITA)||Ineos Grenadiers||320|
|6||Alessandro Tonelli (ITA)||Bardiani–CSF–Faizanè||307|
|7||Filippo Ganna (ITA)||Ineos Grenadiers||304|
|8||Simone Ravanelli (ITA)||Androni Giocattoli–Sidermec||304|
|9||Francesco Romano (ITA)||Bardiani–CSF–Faizanè||263|
|10||Thomas De Gendt (BEL)||Lotto–Soudal||237|
Fair play classificationEdit
|4||AG2R La Mondiale||20|
|9||UAE Team Emirates||85|
|10||NTT Pro Cycling||100|
- Distance originally was 3,497.9 km.
- Distance originally was 253 km, then it was rerouted to 258 km. Before the start of the stage, the distance was shortened to 124.5 km after riders were protesting against the long distance in bad weather conditions.
- Distance originally was 198 km. Due to French COVID-19 rules, the Giro was not allowed to enter France.
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