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Sagan to compete in first Giro; Carapaz likely to defend title

Peter Sagan

Slovakian rider Peter Sagan looks at the 103rd cycling tour of Italy’s trophy during the official presentation in Milan, northern Italy, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. The Giro d’Italia will start in Budapest with an 8.6km individual time trial. Twenty-one stages will be raced, first in Hungary and then Italy, from 9 to 31 May 2019, to crown the 2020’s winner. (Matteo Bazzi/ANSA via AP)

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MILAN -- Three-time world champion Peter Sagan will compete in the Giro d’Italia for the first time next year.

The 29-year-old Sagan announced his decision during the presentation of the route of the 2020 Giro, at a televised event in Milan on Thursday.

He says: “I always said that I want to do the Giro before I finish my career.”

Next year’s Giro starts in Hungary, which borders Sagan’s native Slovakia.

Richard Carapaz, who became the first rider from Ecuador to win a Grand Tour with his triumph in this year’s Giro, said he wants to defend his title but that the decision ultimately lies with Team Ineos, which he will join from the start of next season.

He says: “I can’t guarantee it but I really think I will be there. I will do my utmost to be there.”