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First cycling event of the Grand Tours

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Besides Vuelta a España and Tour de France, Giro d’Italia is one of the most important cycling events in the world. Being the first of the Grand Tours to take place in the professional calendar, it offers professional cyclists the first opportunity to make an impact on the world stage of cycling.

 

The Corsa Rosa usually challenges cyclists with long flat stages, time trials and mountain stages – some as first-ever passes, others are plain legends. The Giro often holds surprises and is unpredictable. Favourites for the Maglia Rosa, the pink jersey, may have to give up on steep climbs while unknown new talents outclass all their competitors – anything is possible.

 

This year’s 103rd edition of the Giro d’Italia marks the third year of Continental’s presence as an official sponsor and Safety Partner of the Corsa Rosa.

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“Our partnership with Giro d’Italia represents a unique opportunity for Continental to share the culture of safety within the road ecosystem and raise awareness on the topic of road sharing, starting from the cyclists, which are the most disadvantaged category in urban contexts. This is exactly why Continental is Safety Partner of Giro, Safety sponsor of the road” said Alessandro De Martino, CEO of Continental Italia.

 

Continental uses the Corsa Rosa also as a platform to raise awareness on safety issues. Both riders and drivers have to coexist safely on the road. This links to Continental’s overall Vision Zero – a world with zero crashes, zero injuries and zero fatalities.

 

Five of the 18 World Tour teams – Ineos, Groupama-FDJ, Movistar, Bahrain-McLaren and Sunweb – are competing on Continental Competition Pro LTD tyres. Specially designed and handmade with care and dedication at the Continental factory in Korbach, Germany, these tyres offer impressively low rolling resistance while at the same time high grip and puncture resistance.

Giro d’Italia 2020 / 9th – 31st May

 

The Grand Partenza (the start of the Giro d’Italia) of the 103rd edition will take place on 9th May in Budapest with a 9.5 km individual time-trial through the Hungarian capital including a 1.5 km climb up to the castle district Várnegyed. Stages 2 and 3 will also take place in Hungary and will lead the cyclists towards the west of the country – first towards Györ (Stage 2) and then along Lake Balaton (Stage 3) – before heading to Italy. This will be the 14th time that the Giro starts outside of Italy and for the first time in Hungary.

In Italy flat, hilly and time trial stages are alternating. As in last year, three time-trials (one in Hungary and two in Italy) were added to the program for 2020. But the five mountain stages will likely decide again the overall victory in the challenge for the famous “Maglia Rosa”. Ending on the iconic Piazza del Duomo in the centre of Milan, the Giro circles back to the city where it was founded. Fans are given the chance to cheer on the riders on the last metres of the race through the city centre before the final sprint.

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