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by Caley Fretz
November 29, 2017
Photography by Cor Vos
The 2018 Giro d’Italia will begin in Israel. Can cycling fans separate sport and politics when a Grand Tour begins in the most politically charged city on earth? Do we even want to? Over 120 Human Rights Organizations have called for a boycott of the Grande Partenza in Jerusalem, while supporters point to sport as a means to bridge divides. We hear from Canadian real-estate magnate Sylvan Adams, who was pivotal in bringing the Giro to Israel and defends the decision to start the race in Jerusalem.
A trip to Israel is not the only reason the Italian Grand Tour is in the headlines. According to a report in Cycling Weekly, Chris Froome could be paid two million euros to race the Giro. We’ve heard otherwise. Could Froome risk missing out on a fifth Tour de France victory to aim for the maglia rosa? Or could he be simply taking a massive payday for what would amount to an appearance fee?
Caley Fretz, Neal Rogers, and James Huang open this week’s episode with a look at the news and controversy swirling around the Giro d’Italia. Then, James polls his Twitter followers as part of his bold attempt to make a rim-brake bike stop as well as one with disc brakes, and Ella editor Anne-Marije Rook chats with one of America’s first cannabis-sponsored cyclist.
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