The Giro, which seeks to innovate in its number 101, will leave for the first time (some information says that on payment of 12 million euros) from outside Europe. “We are confident that it will be a beautiful experience for both Israel and Italy and for the rest of the world,” said Mauro Vegni, director of the ‘Corsa Rosa’ to MARCA before the presentation, which was attended by more than a hundred people.

In this act, which served to reveal the first three stages but not the full tour – to be announced in another presentation at the end of October or early November in the transalpine country – stressed the great satisfaction it represents for all those involved create a departure as special as the one of 2018, which will be born in the Holy Land.
“Jerusalem is a holy city that mixes all cultures and religions. We want to create an emotive beginning that can be seen all over the world,” said Ran Margaliot, an excercist (he was Alberto Contador’s partner in Saxo Bank) and current director of Israel Cycling Academy, an Israeli team that was born last year and could be present in the Italian round.
For Israel’s leaders, the event will be “the greatest sporting spectacle ever to happen in the country.” In Israel, which have already hosted other events such as the World Under 21 football, the MTB World Championship or the Eurobasket, they want the Giro step to increase and develop the already advanced interest in cycling in this territory.
As for the three initial stages (May 4, 5 and 6), the first will be a fairly hard 10-km chrono-prologue with demanding starts and finishes in Jerusalem where riders will pedal close to the Wailing Wall. The second stage of 167 km will leave Haifa, north, and will end in Tel Aviv. It will be propitious for sprinters, while the third, 228 km and ‘rompepiernas’, will leave Beer Seva and end in Eilat. They will spend almost the entire day in the desert and end up near the Red Sea.

 

As for the three initial stages (May 4, 5 and 6), the first will be a fairly hard 10-km chrono-prologue with demanding starts and finishes in Jerusalem where riders will pedal close to the Wailing Wall. The second stage of 167 km will leave Haifa, north, and will end in Tel Aviv. It will be propitious for sprinters, while the third, 228 km and ‘rompepiernas’, will leave Beer Seva and end in Eilat. They will spend almost the entire day in the desert and end up near the Red Sea.
The presentation culminated in the presence of relatives of Gino Bartali, the Italian champion who saved several Jews by hiding passports on his bicycle while training. “He is the best figure to pay homage in this Giro, nobody joins better than he to two countries like Italy or Israel. He was a champion and in this edition we will pay a nice tribute,” said the organizers.

Alberto Contador, for his part, applauded the initiative. “It’s a good thing for me that the Giro comes out of here, we’re talking about a place with charm, I was in Israel a few years ago and I really liked it, it’s going to be an incentive for a race that is always attractive,” said the winner. of the ‘Corsa Rosa’ in 2008 and 2015. He was joined by Ivan Basso: “For an Italian like me this race is always the most important, we will see an incredible round again and this exit will help increase the spectacle.” With eight months to go, the 101st edition of the Giro has already started in the Holy Land

These are the profiles of the first three stages:

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