The revised Giro route includes an added summit finish at Roccaraso
Giro d’Italia organizers unveiled the revised route for the 2020 edition of the race on Thursday, confirming changes to the original parcours made to adjust for the cancellation of the Grande Partenza in Hungary.
Last week, the RCS revealed that the first four stages of the Giro would take place in Sicily, starting with a new opening time trial in Palermo. The next three revised stages (stages 2 through 4) were mostly a reshuffling of what would have been stages 4 through 6 before the plans for three stages in Hungary were called off. On Thursday, the other notable additions to the route were unveiled: The race has added a stage to Matera and another, a summit finish, to Roccaraso.
After the peloton heads over to the Italian mainland for a stage 5 that mirrors the seventh stage of the originally planned route, a new stage 6 on the revised route will take the pack from Castrovillari to Matera, where John Degenkolb nabbed a win in a thrilling finish back in 2013.
Stages 7 and 8 of the revised route will take the peloton on roads already included in the original Giro plans, before the third big addition to the Giro parcours, the new stage 9.
The newly unveiled stage will run from San Salvo to Roccaraso, a summit finish that has been featured in the race a handful of times over the years. Both Fausto Coppi and Bernard Hinault took stage victories in previous Giri featuring the climb. Tim Wellens soloed to victory there in 2016.
Following the ninth stage, the Giro will have its first rest day, before resuming its originally planned route for the rest of the way.
The rescheduled and revised Italian Grand Tour gets underway on October 3 and will run to October 25, when its final stage will also coincide with a stage of the Vuelta a España and Paris-Roubaix.