ROME – The Giro d'Italia number 103 has been postponed until a later date, "given the national and international situation". This was announced by RCS Sport, which organizes the pink race.
"The new date will be announced no earlier than April 3, when the provisions of the Prime Minister's Decree of March 4 will end and after the organization has dealt with the Government, local and regional authorities, Italian and international sports institutions". The announcement comes after Hungary canceled the first three stages, starting with the departure scheduled for 9 May in Budapest.
The first three stages of the Giro d'Italia of cycling had already been skipped, from 9 to 11 May as announced by the Hungarian organizers of the race, which this year included the departure from Budapest and two more days on Hungarian circuits. The cancellation is due to emergency measures decided by the Orban government to deal with the coronavirus emergency.
The first three stages of the Giro 2020 – a time trial in the capital followed by two stages in western Hungary – were to take place from 9 to 11 May. "Due to the serious epidemic situation in Europe, the first three stages of the Giro d'Italia, the" Great Start ", will not take place in Hungary," says a statement by the Hungarian organizing committee signed by government official Mariusz Revesz.
Hungary, where 19 cases of infection have so far been confirmed, introduced emergency measures on Wednesday that ban outdoor events attended by over 500 people. This "makes it impossible to organize international events," says the organizers' statement.
"The organizers in Italy and Hungary have agreed that both sides are determined to work together to allow the Giro d'Italia to leave Hungary later," concludes the note. (source ANSA)
Source: Blitz Quotidiano