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Giro d’Italia 2018 will begin with three stages in Israel

2018 Giro d’Italia to start in Israel

18/09/2017 at 21:52Updated 18/09/2017 at 22:56

The 2018 Giro d’Italia will begin with a 10.1-kilometre individual time trial in Jerusalem on Friday, May 4 and spend two more days in Israel with stage finishes in Tel Aviv and Eilat.

Giro director Mauro Vegni announced the full details of the Israeli Grande Partenza at a press conference in Jerusalem on Monday. Former Giro winners Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso were among those present at the formal announcement on Monday.

The opening time trial will start and finish close to the walls of Old Jerusalem, and the rolling, technical course will bring the riders past the Knesset before a gently climbing approach to the line, where the first maglia rosa of the race will be presented.