Froome chasing Giro/Tour double, Giro route announced: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

November 30, 2017

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2018 Giro d’Italia details: Israel start, eight summit finishes, and Froome

by Caley Fretz

Unveiled on Wednesday, the 2018 Giro d’Italia will start in Jerusalem, end in Rome, and feature Chris Froome fighting for the maglia rosa.

The 3,546km route is light on time trial kilometres, with fewer major climbs than in recent years, but plenty of options for punchy riders. The route features eight uphill finishes, but only half of those are primed for the pure climbers. The most difficult mountain stages are mostly packed into the second half of the race, led by stage 14, which finishes atop the steep ramps of Monte Zoncolan.

Three tough alpine stages are stacked into the final week. Stage 18 to Prato Nevoso, stage 19 to Bardonecchia, and stage 20 to Cervinia will offer opportunities for the climbers. Contenders will face 44.2km time trial kilometres, including a 10km opening TT in Jerusalem, but no team time trial.

Giro champion Tom Dumoulin attended the route presentation in Milan, but could not confirm his participation.

“I love all sorts of time trials and I like a Grand Tour to start this way, with an ITT, it will be the first opportunity to wear the Maglia Rosa,” Dumoulin said. “The mountain stages are always the ones to be careful about: the Zoncolan, but also the following day, stage 15 is really not to be underestimated.”

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