On Thursday 24 October R.C.S, the event organisers of the Giro d’Italia, hosted an opening ceremony in Milan, to confirm the route of the 103rd Giro d’Italia to be held in 2020.
As such, we have now launched our 2020 Giro d’Italia guided tours line up. We offer a variety of tours, with different durations, so you can witness the fantastic atmosphere that the race provides. We are the only international tour operator who has official partnerships with all 3 of the Cycling Grand Tours as well as the 5 Monuments of Cycling. We provide an unrivalled array of travel options, to provide both sports fans, and travelling amateur cyclists access to a whole host of amazing events throughout the year.
We have been operating tours to the Giro d’Italia for over 20 years, and our team of drivers, bike mechanics, bike guides and tour hosts have an encyclopedic knowledge of this incredible event. Our partnership with the Giro d’Italia means our tour vehicles have special accreditation stickers, so we can go (and take you) where others can’t. We include exclusive VIP access into all our tours, both for cyclists and spectators, ensuring that our customers have the most authentic and unforgettable experience whilst in Italy. We also take care to select our hotels in the best locations for stage access, and we do everything we can to keep hotel changes to a minimum.
The Giro d’Italia will have its 103rd edition in 2020. Italy’s greatest cycling event will, as usual, feature as the first Grand Tour of the year in 2020. However, unlike the vast majority of previous editions, we are starting abroad in Hungary. This could give your 2020 Giro experience a unique flavour, especially as the only other foreign excursion this year is a little trip to the Col d’Izoard in France. The finish is back in Milan, after Verona last year, and Rome the year before.
On all of our Giro tours, we take specially accredited vehicles that have access where others can’t go, and our team of drivers, bike guides and mechanics will support you every step (or pedal turn) of the way! Pinarello or Bianchi bike rental is available, and exclusive 2020 Giro d’Italia VIP access is included!
Sports Tours International is an official Tour Operator for the 2020 Giro d’Italia and therefore we have some fantastic VIP options available on every single stage of the 2020 Giro d’Italia. From the ‘Grande Partenza’ in the historic city of Budapest, Hungary to the finish in Milan 3 weeks later, the daily options are:
In contrast with the Tour de France, with its one single ITT, the 2020 Giro d’Italia race will feature a total of 3 individual time trials. Apart from Mount Etna on Sicily, all the major mountain stages will be scaled on stages in the final 7 days of the race. The final week looks extremely tough, with a lot of huge, punishing climbs. Not only will there be a lot of climbing packed into the final week, but all 4 of the final mountain stages are longer than 200 kilometres, and 3 of the Giro’s final 5 stages take place at high altitude, with over 5,000 meters of climbing on each. We’re not sure how well he’ll get on on the mountain stages, but Peter Sagan has chosen the 2020 event to race his first Giro d’Italia. Another tough feature is that there will not be a ‘travelling rest day’, after the foreign start in Hungary, so the riders will have to wait until Monday 18 May, after 9 days of racing, to get their first break.
The 2020 Giro d’Italia starts on Saturday 9 May, with 3 stages in Hungary. The day after, and without a travelling rest day, the race will continue in Sicily for another 3 stages. Two of the Sicily stages are very tough and could reveal chinks in the armour of the Giro’s top contenders. Stage 7 sees the first action on mainland Italy, and what follows is a series of 3 sprint or breakaway stages, each of 200 kilometres or more. This is where Mr Sagan can probably do a bit of business, as the race follows the west coast up north. After the first rest day follow 2 stages (10 and 11) which follow undulating courses. The Giro then pays tribute to filmmaker Fellini with a finish in Rimini, then the the Nove Colli gran fondo with a Cesenatico stage, and finally Marco Pantani. A sprint stage follows, before the longest time trial of the race, a 33.7km test through Prosecco-country. Stage 15 features another summit finish, atop of the 1290m Piancavallo climb, which is also nominated the Pantani stage. After the second rest day comes one of the toughest final weeks in memory, with a long hilly 16th stage, followed by two consecutive 200 km stages, each featuring 4 major mountains. Stage 18 includes a passage of the 2,758m Stelvio and, after a (250 km long!) flat stage. On the final mountain stage the race visits France and the fearsome Col d’Izoard. The race comes to a close with a potentially decisive time trial ,which could throw up an interesting result, as all riders will have very tired legs.
For the First time in the history of the Giro d’Italia, the 2020 edition of the race will kick off in Hungary! The first stage will depart from the country’s stunning capital, Budapest, followed by two more thrilling stages on Hungarian soil. This will be the 14th Grande Partenza outside of Italy for the Corsa Rosa. We are thrilled to be able to offer exclusive VIP experiences for the 2020 Grande Partenza, including a day on the course in an official car. We also offer once in a lifetime VIP access to the start and finish of all Giro d’Italia stages in 2020, so start your Giro d’ Italia 2020 in style in the UNESCO World Heritage city centre of Budapest.
The Giro d’Italia is dedicating stages to Fellini, Pantani and the Nove Colli. Our tour includes VIP finish hospitality in Rimini, as the race hosts a stage celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary film director Federico Fellini. The day after, Stage 12, starts and finishes in Cesenatico and we can offer an official Cross the Finish experience, which grants you the opportunity to get photos on the podium. As well as remembering Marco Pantani, this stage celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Nove Colli Gran Fondo, which you can take part in yourself on Sunday.
Our spectator tour starts with the Individual Time Trial surrounded by the Prosecco Superiore hills that became a UNESCO World Heritage this year, and starts from the Rivolto air base, home of the Frecce Tricolori. The stage, with the finish in Piancavallo, will be the Montagna Pantani and, after the rest day on UK bank holiday Monday, there is a stage raced entirely in the Friuli region, from Udine to San Daniele del Friuli, featuring the Monte Ragogna at the end, which will be climbed 3 times. Our accredited vehicles give exclusive access where others can’t go, and our team of drivers and hosts support you all the way. Exclusive 2020 Giro d’Italia VIP access is included.
Watch the battle for Pink unfold on this fully supported week-long tour. Watch as the winner of the race is decided on the Alpine roads from the Madonna di Campiglio, and the Passo dello Stelvio, in the Dolomites, to the final Queen stage to Sestriere. Both spectators and cyclists will enjoy VIP hospitality on the mountain stages and the cyclists among you will like the opportunity to tackle famous Giro climbs like the Stelvio, Madonna di Campiglio, Colle de Finestre and Sestriere. Our tour will finish in Milan with the deciding time trial.
The 2020 Giro d’Italia has its spectacular final in Milan in 2020 with a potentially decisive time trial. Our hotel is in the city centre, within walking distance of the finish of the final stage. You have the choice to book 2 or 3 nights at the hotel and, as a great addition to your weekend away, you can also book some fantastic Giro d’Italia hospitality.
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