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by Shane Stokes
August 8, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Sagan takes photo-finish victory on stage one of the BinckBank Tour; Contador announces he will retire after Vuelta a España; Hansen to ride Vuelta a España after all, will begin 19th consecutive Grand Tour; Gilbert extends for two years with QuickStep, targets victory in San Remo and Roubaix; Trentin signs two-year deal with Orica-Scott; Haas heads to Katusha-Alpecin for 2018 and 2019 seasons; Cort Nielsen to move from Orica-Scott to Astana; Giro d’Italia 2018 to begin with three stages in Israel; Canadian track rider O’Brien out of intensive care; Walmart heirs’ fund becomes majority shareholder in Rapha; Shimano teases new footwear prior to Eurobike; Video: A day in the life of Warren Barguil
The first-ever Grand Tour start outside Europe looks set to take place next year, with Cyclingnews confirming earlier reports that the Giro d’Italia will begin in Israel. It stated on Monday that the first three stages of the race will be held there, beginning with an opening time trial in the Old City of Jerusalem.
It states that Tel Aviv and the south of Israel have been discussed as possible host venues for two road stages. An official announcement by the race organiser RCS Sport is anticipated to take place on September 18 in Jerusalem.
According to a recent report by Tuttobiciweb, the race will travel back to Europe and will likely tackle another ascent of Mount Etna in Sicily. The inclusion of the Zoncolan has also been predicted.
Israel would be a controversial choice for the race, given the tense political situation there, as well as the efforts of the BDS [Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions] movement to increase economic and political pressure on Israel to end what it describes as violations of international law.
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