According to the original plans, the 103rd Giro d’Italia would have started in Budapest on May 9 and Hungary would have hosted the first three stages. But the race was eventually postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and will now run from October 3 to 25.
Máriusz Révész, the government commissioner responsible for Active Hungary, said that the organizers had sought to postpone the competition until October and then hold the Grande Partenza, the “Great Departure,” in Budapest. But this couldn’t happen partly due to a possible second wave of the virus and partly due to the lower marketing and tourism value of an October race.
“Now, the Italian organizers have offered to hold the Grande Partenza of Giro d’Italia in Hungary in May 2021 instead,” Révész said. He added that much of the work already done for the start will not be wasted, such as the planning of routes, etc.
In the history of the Giro, which has taken place since 1909, the competition has started only 13 times outside of Italy, most recently in 2018 when the Grande Partenza was in Israel.