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by Mark Zalewski
May 12, 2016
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After a successful beginning of this year’s Giro d’Italia in The Netherlands, rumors are circulating of a possible far away start in 2018. Il Stampa reports that after the centenary edition of the race running completely within the Italian borders, the 2018 edition could start as far away as ever, in Japan.
The 2014 Giro started in Northern Ireland.
While the race has begun away from Italy 12 times, this would be a much bigger undertaking, involving complicated and costly logistics of moving equipment and staff.
With this year’s Dutch start, riders and some staff flew the transfer to the southern end of Italy, while other staff — mainly mechanics — drove the distance. While a long drive, it was made possible with the addition of an extra, early rest day.
However, that solution would not be possible coming from as far away as Asia, as well as the jet lag effects for the riders.
The report says two rest days and a cost of 35 million euro would be required to make it all happen. There have been other thoughts of a non-European Giro start in the recent past, with Washington, D.C. as well as the Middle East discussed but never tried.
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