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by Matt de Neef
October 30, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Jakub Mareczko leads after two stages in Hainan; Chris Froome “wins” the inaugural Shanghai Criterium; Callum Scotson and Cameron Meyer win the London Six-Day; Froome expects significant “challenge” from Dumoulin in the future; Mikel Landa — I would have liked a warmer welcome from Quintana; Shane Sutton to work with Chinese national team; Monte Zoncolan and Rome TT on the cards for 2018 Giro; Zak Dempster among three riders to renew with the Israel Cycling Academy; US cyclist makes thoughts on Trump known; Froome and Kittel arm-wrestle in China; When tricks on the track go wrong.
The official route announcement for the 2018 Giro d’Italia won’t be made until late November, but already there are strong rumours about the details of the Italian Grand Tour.
The last time the Giro visited Monte Zoncolan, in 2014, Michael Rogers won the stage from a breakaway.
Organisers had already revealed that the 2018 Giro will start with three days in Israel but local media reports in Italy suggest the race could finish in Rome, potentially with a time trial.
Other rumours seem to indicate three stages in Sicily — which would follow the Israel start — the brutal climb of the Monte Zoncolan, a time trial near Trento and a return to the unsealed Colle delle Finestre.
The race start in Jerusalem will be the first time one of the three Grand Tours has started outside Europe. It is expected that Pope Francis will be on hand for the start of the race.