Official dates confirmed for Italian races


All Italian one-day races are to take place in August with Strade Bianche opening the calendar on 1st August.

Milano-Sanremo will be the first Classic Monument of the season on 8th August, with Il Lombardia last of the one-day races on 15th August. Dates are confirmed for Tirreno-Adriatico (7-14 September) and Giro d’Italia (3-25 October).

The first of RCS Sport’s 2020 one-day race events will be Strade Bianche and Strade Bianche Women Elite on Saturday 1 August. Last year Julian Alaphilippe and Annemiek Van Vleuten won the men’s and women’s races respectively.

On Wednesday 5 August Milano-Torino will serve as an appetiser to the first Classic Monument of the season, Milano-Sanremo on Saturday 8 August, when the hunt will be on for the title claimed by Julian Alaphilippe in 2019.

On Wednesday 12 August the GranPiemonte will precede Il Lombardia. The Classic of the Dead Leaves, which historically closes the professional international cycling calendar, is scheduled on Saturday 15 August.

RCS Sport commented: “We acknowledge the calendar published today by the UCI. As per tradition, Strade Bianche will open the one-day race season and Milano-Sanremo will be the first Classic Monument, followed by Il Lombardia.

“At this point we think about starting off safely and organising the races in the best possible way. These calendar dates are a new challenge and will enter into the history of cycling, since these races have never been held in this period, and can symbolise the restart of our country and of our sport.”

The Calendar:
Strade Bianche and Strade Bianche Women Elite: Saturday 1 August
Milano-Torino: Wednesday 5 August
Milano-Sanremo: Saturday 8 August
GranPiemonte: Wednesday 12 August
Il Lombardia: Saturday 15 August.


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