This year, the most anticipated cycling event in Italy has all the flavor of a spiritual pilgrimage. From the streets of Jerusalem, along which unfolds the route of the first stage, to those of Rome, grand stage at the finish line. A choice aimed at promoting international leadership in the great Italian sports: for the first time, indeed, a great ride goes beyond the borders of Europe.
Jerusalem will, the 4 May the opening stage, dedicated to the memory of Gino Bartali; Roma, the 27 May the closing.
So, the second most popular sport in Italy, according to the number of followers only to soccer, He will trace his journey from the desert sand of basalt cobblestones, crossing land and sea, a holy city to another.
Despite the long controversy surrounding the choice of naming the first stage "West Jerusalem" (then simply adjusted in "Jerusalem") November came the confirmation of inclusion in the Giro 3 milestones in Israeli territory. It starts right from Jerusalem, with an individual time trial 9,7 kilometres.
It then continues on to Tel Aviv, finally, for the third and final stage Israeli, verso Beer Sheva a Eluent, on the shores of the Red Sea.
A thrilling start to offer to viewers and fans a chance to immerse themselves in suggestive scenarios Middle East: I am planning a passage that Jaffa (ancient city on the outskirts of Tel Aviv) and the Ramon Crater, in the Negev desert, the largest in the world, with its 40 kilometers wide.
The long ascent to North
- The tour then moves to Sicily: Caltagirone from Catania to Agrigento touching the wonderful setting of the Valley of the Temples up to Selinunte.
- A moment of great intensity will certainly climb to Etna, among natural parks and lava flows, up Astrophysical Observatory.
- The tour will then continue northward, along the shores of the Tyrrhenian coast Salernitana, and then returning to the height of Abruzzo, aiming at Campo Imperatore and going to the Gran Sasso, with an exhausting ascent of 45 kilometres.
- It then goes back, After a day of rest, towards Umbria and increasingly in the north to Friuli and the usual appointment with ruthless slopes of Monte Zoncolan.
- From the incredible landscapes of the Dolomites of the North East, The journey then moves westward, devouring the mountain stages to the Western Alps and the impervious arrival in Cervinia.
All sections lead to Rome
Finally, close to the Eternal City an intercontinental long journey 3546.2 kilometres, parading of front of the Baths of Caracalla, Circus Maximus, the Imperial Forum and the Colosseum.
- A circuit of about 11 km to be repeated ten times, as in a great grand prix of pedals.
- A final stage of the archaeological flavor, almost celebratory, choice to consecrate more than one hundred years of tradition and competitive spirit.
If the Made in Italy label can be assigned to a sport, This would certainly be cycling.
A 10 days before the start of the Tour, already looking forward to the three weeks of intense emotions, prognostic put the spotlight on the potential stars of this edition.
First of all Thibaut Pinot: the French, winner dell’ultimo Tour of The Alps and in great physical condition, He has demonstrated his tenacity and fighting spirit, both uphill and downhill, and it appears to be one of the potential contenders for the pink jersey. Definitely far from top form instead Chris Froome, winner of the last three editions of the Tour de France.
It would not however the first time for the British disregard an unfavorable prognosis and show his great skills. The Sardinian Fabio Aru, despite some physical and some mishap discontinuity in performance, He was able to show great things in the first sentences of the Tour de France and it is said optimistic for this Tour of Italy.
More surprises could come from Miguel Lopez, young Spanish climber, or Italian Domenico Pozzovivo. Sweet at the bottom, do not forget Tom Domulin, last year's winner and world champion 2017 in the time trial specialties.
- Definitely: an exceptionally rich bouquet for a Giro 2018 that will keep you in suspense.
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