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Navardauskas’ heart okay again, Bergen worlds’ debt: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

December 13, 2017

Heart operation deemed successful for Navardauskas, rider back to full training; UCI hails success of Bergen worlds while accepting it may have to help cover losses; Rally Cycling celebrating promotion to Pro Continental ranks; INRNG on the Giro’s Israel start; Photographer’s Camille McMillan’s Transcontinental Race exhibition launched; Video: Sagan’s splits; Video: Drunk fan nearly causes chaos at Druivencross Overijse; Video: Tour de France stage 17 reconnaissance – Peyragudes / Col De Val Louron-Azet / Col De Portet

INRNG on the Giro’s Israel start

by Shane Stokes

INRNG has taken a look at the debate over the start of the Giro d’Italia in Israel, saying that it is impossible to suggest that politics is disconnected to sport.

Here’s an excerpt:

Cycle races have long been exercises in territorial dominance. Early editions of the Tour de France were deliberate attempts by the race director Henri Desgrange to define and even defy the Franco-German border. The Ballon d’Alsace mountain was included in 1905, not just for the climbing challenge but because it marked the border with the German empire, the provocative frontier between psychogeography and nationalism. He then challenged the Germans and in 1906, 1907, 1908 and 1910 he sent the Tour into the “occupied” Moselle region. With tensions rising Berlin refused the race entry in Germany for 1911 and Desgrange routed the race right along the Lorraine border. The 1919 Tour de France was launched on the day the Versailles Treaty was signed where France reclaimed land from Germany and the race route included new stage towns like Strasbourg and Metz, back on French soil.

The Giro d’Italia’s own website tells how “the first act of the [1919] Giro was to go to Trieste and Trento, which had been won back from the Austrians. In these two cities, where it was given a triumphant welcome, Costante Giradengo raced by wearing the Champion of Italy jersey with the colours of the Italian flag, bearing the message of reconquered Italy.”

Now just because bike races were instrumentalized for a political, publicity or territorial agenda a century ago doesn’t make it right today but it does show the sport has long been at it.

Click through to read more at INRNG.

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