The tournament organizers of Italy’s most anticipated cycling tournament continue to courageously approach their initial vision of leaving the Le Tour again, announcing the first start in history, outside Europe. Giro d’Italia 2018 will start from Israel and will be the first one out of three major tours to have ever made such a bold move.
The Three Stages Outside of Italy
On May 4th, Jerusalem will host an individual time limit of 10.1km, to be followed by two other rounds on the Israeli soil. The counter-chronometer will start very close to the walls of the old city, marking the official debut of a Giro d’Italia 2018 like none other before. The second stage will be disputed between Haifa and Tel Aviv, on a sprinter-friendly route, just like the third stage, scheduled for May 6th between Be’er Sheva and Eilat. It is likely that after these three stages disputed away from Italy, the Giro road will have two days off before the Italian Tour returns home, which will be another premiere. Although the complete route has not yet been presented, there is a great chance that the end of the race will be in the Vatican, the organizers of Corse Rosa wanting to link the two major religious centers of the world.
A few weeks after the official announcement of the tour for the Giro d’Italia 2018, Vincenzo Nibali is the first cyclist to publicly announce his absence from the Giro. The cyclist from Messina, however, announced his presence in the Tour de France, where he completed his record in 2014 with victory in the overall standings. Because of that success, Vincenzo Nibali became the sixth man in the history of cycling, who has won at least one victory in all three big tours. For Vincenzo Nibali, the 2018 edition of the Tour de France will signify his seventh presence in the Great Loop of Hexagon. Besides the 2014 victory, he still has a podium in 2012 when he was third, following Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.