Italy’s Grand Tour begins with a time trial in Jerusalem. The course is rolling and the finish is slightly uphill.
The 2nd stage runs from Haifa to Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean coast, so fast finishersbe eyeing their chances. The predominantly flat route amounts to 167 kilometres.
Stage 3 of the Giro is going to be a hot and long affair. Following the start in Be’er Sheva the 226 kilometres course runs through the Negev desert to finish in Eilat on the Red Sea. So that’s the desert from its northern end all the way to its southern end. The expected rainfall is zero and the temperature in May is around 26 degrees Celsius.
Fernando Gaviria was the best sprinter in the recent Giro d’Italia: he won four stages.
The 4th stage is rumoured to be played out on Mount Etna on Sicily, while the last week of action supposedly takes in a summit finish on Monte Zoncolan. The Giro d’Italia is set to finish in the Vatican City.
Information on the other (Italian) stages will be revealed in November.
Giro d’Italia 2018: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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