Hungary has been named as the host for the opening stages of the 2022 Giro d’Italia, one of cycling’s Grand Tours.

The Great Start will comprise of three stages, the Budapest-Visegrad stage, an individual team trial in Budapest and the final stage from Kapsovar to Balatonfured.

The trio of events will take place on 6, 7 and 8 May, respectively, with the event due to run until 29 May.

The country was due to stage the opening of the 2020 edition, however, it was re-located to Sicily due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mariusz Revesz, the government commissioner for Active Hungary, said: “The Grande Partenza of the Giro d’Italia is a huge country image campaign, a huge country marketing that could contribute to the revival of tourism.

"That is why the Hungarian government has decided to support the Grande Partenza in Budapest in 2022, under the same conditions as last year.

“We hope that the epidemic will subside next spring, and the Grande Partenza will help restart tourism, help foreigners rediscover what a beautiful city Budapest is and what a beautiful place Hungary is.

Paolo Bellino, chief executive of RCS Sport, the organisers of the event, added: "It brings me great satisfaction to be back in Hungary to announce the Grande Partenza of the Corsa Rosa for 2022.”

RCS Sport are due to reveal additional 2022 routes next week, the sprint stages on 8 November, hilly on the 9 and mountain on the 10.