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Giro d'Italia 2018: RCS confirms Israel start

Joe Robinson
18 Sep 2017

Three stages in Israel, starting in Jerusalem, will kickstart the 2018 Giro d'Italia

The route for the 2018 Giro d'Italia was announced this morning in Jerusalem, Israel, confirming the race start outside of Europe.

The big news of next year's race was the decision to start the race for the first time outside of Europe, with the first three stages in Israel.

Starting in Israel, this will also be the first time ever that any of the three Grand Tours have ventured outside of Europe. 

Giro race director Mauro Vegni commented on the importance of this decision and how special starting the Giro in Israel is. 

'Following its 100th edition this year, it’s a new starting point, not only for the Giro, but because it’s historic because it takes the Giro out of Europe for the first time.'

At the announcement this morning, the details of these opening stages were unveiled with a 10.1km time trial around Jerusalem kickstarting the three week race on the 4th of May. 

This is followed by two flat days with a 167km stage from Haifa to Tel Aviv and a 226km stage from Be'er Sheva to Eilat. Both have been designed with the view of a sprint finish. 

The opening time trial should present a technical challenge to the riders with plenty of twist and turns around the city streets, finishing with a slight uphill finish. 

With the constant change in direction and short distance, the first pink jersey of the race could be open for more than just the time trial specialists.

The remainder of the race route is expected to be released later this autumn.

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