For the first time ever, a Grand Tour will start outside of Europe. It’s the 13th time that Giro d’Italia starts outside of Italy. Israel will host the first three stages of next year’s Corsa Rosa, beginning with an Individual Time Trial in Jerusalem. Israel and the Giro remember Gino Bartali.
Giro d’Italia winners Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso, attended the event.
Friday 4 May 2018 will be a historic date for the Giro d’Italia and the whole world of cycling. The Big Start of the Corsa Rosa – to be raced from 4 to 27 May 2018 and organized by RCS Sport / La Gazzetta dello Sport – will be in Israel, outside of Europe for the first time. The first three stages will be in Israel. Due to the occasion, Gino Bartali has been remembered, awarded the honour of ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ on 10 October 2013. Bartali’s name is engraved on the Wall of Honor in the Garden of the Righteous in the Yad Vashem Memorial in Jerusalem. Two times Giro d’Italia winners Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso were at the presentation.
THE ROUTE IN ISRAEL
Three stages: an Individual Time Trial and two in-line stages, suited to sprinters, are on the menu of Israel’s Big Start.