The first three stages of the 2020 Giro d’Italia set to take place in Budapest, Hungary, have been cancelled.
A Hungarian politician in charge of cycling called Révész Máriusz announced the news in a Facebook post, saying the Hungarian organising committee took the decision on the morning of March 12, amid growing concern over the spread of coronavirus.
Máriusz says they will now seek to host the Giro’s Grande Partenza in Hungary at another edition.
His statement read: “In the last three weeks, there has been a number of negotiations between Hungarian and Italian organisers, the Hungarian organising committee has announced several times that competition can not harm the safety and health of the Hungarian people, therefore there is less and less chance of the start in Hungary.
“Unfortunately, in Italy, the virus has increased and the number of diseases and the number of victims has increased. As a result, the Italian government has announced a whole country-wide lockdown. Meanwhile, the virus has reached Hungary and in order to stop the virus the Hungarian government has announced a national state of emergency, which precludes the organisation of some sporting events and makes it impossible to organise international events.
“On March 12th, the organising committee of the Hungarian start of the Giro d ‘Italia told our Italian partner that the start of the Giro could not be held in Hungary. The aim of both parties is to change the contract in order to start from Hungary at a later date.”
RCS Sport have already been forced to postpone three of their Italian races in March, Strade Bianche being the first to go before Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan – San Remo followed suit.
Paris-Nice, run by rival race organisers ASO still went ahead, but the final stage eight of the French race was cancelled before the start of stage six.
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