In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe give their first reaction to the 2020 Giro d’Italia route as it is unveiled in Milan.

The Grande Partenza in Budapest, Hungary, will be followed by a transfer to Sicily – without a rest day – and a journey that hugs the southern and Adriatic coastlines before a very difficult final week in the Alps.

We weigh up the time trials, a stage in Marco Pantani’s home town Cesenatico, and ask whether the route is tempted fate with the weather.

Before that, we discuss the retirement of Taylor Phinney, a rider who looked to be a once-in-a-generation talent when he first turned professional but whose career was compromised by a horrendous crash at the US Championships in 2014.

We also hear from British riders James Knox and Tao Geoghegan Hart as their seasons wind up at Il Lombardia.

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