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Opening Stages of the Giro d’Italia Will Start in Sicily

Organizers for the Giro d’Italia have announced, that the first four stages of this year’s rescheduled Italian Grand Tour will start in Sicily.

The race will begin with a 16-kilometer (10-mile) individual time trial from Monreale to Palermo on Oct. 3, race organizer RCS Sport said Friday.

This year’s Giro was originally scheduled to start with three stages in Hungary and run from May 9-31, but it was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sicily was scheduled to host the start of the 2021 Giro, but that has been brought forward.

“We immediately accepted the invitation of RCS Sport to bring the Grande Partenza forward from 2021 to 2020 because we also believe that the seasonal adjustment is fundamental for us,” said Manlio Messina, the councillor for sports in the Sicilian Region. “We are proud to be part of this project which I am sure will drive the development of sport and tourism.”

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