Giro d'Italia 2020 will start from Sicily

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Giro d'Italia 2020 will start from Sicily

Giro d'Italia 2020 will start on Saturday 3 October with the 1st stage, an individual time trial Monreale-Palermo. . Sunday 4 October from Alcamo to Agrigento (150 km), with a finisseur final. The 3rd fraction, Enna-Etna of 150 km, will be the first arrival in altitude of the Giro, Monday 5 October.

An unprecedented climb, already partially climbed in 2011, attacked from the north to reach Piano Provenzana. Tuesday 6 October last stop on the island, with the 4th fraction from Catania to Villafranca Tirrena. Nello Musumeci, president of Sicily, said: "We wanted this departure so much, thanks to the collaboration relationship with Rcs Sport and the four-year agreement made in 2019.

The Giro will marry with incomparable architectural beauties and Sicily is a candidate to be one of the most important tourist destinations in the world. We return to the leading role a popular sport such as cycling, which has an ancient tradition on our island.

Here there are thousands of fans. And then there will be our Nibali, a reason for pride, an icon, for us Sicilians, ambassador of sport in the world, and we are truly grateful to him. The Giro will be surrounded by affection and great passion."

Tour de France 2024 could start from Italy!

Tour de France 2024 could start from Italy, in particular or from Emilia-Romagna or from Tuscany. To discuss what would be the first departure of the Grand Boucle in Italy the president of Emilia-Romagna Stefano Bonaccini, the mayor of Florence Dario Nardella and the chairman of the Tour de France Christian Prudhomme.

It will be a news since years of absence. The goal explains a note from the Emilia-Romagna Region, where the meeting was held, is to focus on Made in Italy thanks to the territorial realities involved, therefore culture, art, landscape, fashion, agri-food and tradition culinary, motors .

It would be a very important international showcase, for a sports festival capable of mobilizing fans everywhere and a tourist opportunity and enhancement of local excellence. Also linked to the tradition of Italian cycling, with characters who won the Tour and who made history like Fausto Coppi, Gino Bartali, Felice Gimondi and Marco Pantani.

The health regulations of the UCI, the world federation, are very clear: on the podium no one will pass the prizes to the winners. In fact the runners will remain 1.5 meters away and there will be a sort of self-award ceremony, that is, the runners themselves will take cups and medals.

So Tour de France 2020, which is the first major stage race on the schedule, from 29 August to 20 September, further clarifies the protocol, which will broadly reflect what we will also see in all the races: no miss kisses from the winner.

It had already happened in Paris-Nice in March, which was held behind closed doors. In France, however, a young man appears, a mister, and in this way he will be represented on the podium. In order to cut short even on the controversies, increasingly strong, on the presence of the miss at the awards ceremony of sporting events.