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For the first time in the history of Grand Tour cycling competitions, in 2018 the Grande Partenza and initial stages of Giro d’Italia will be held outside of Europe — in Israel. Along with Tour de France and La Vuelta a Espana, Giro d’Italia is integral to the pro tour calendar.
The dates for this 101st edition of the Giro are May 4 to May 27, 2018.
Sports Tours International, the UK-based provider of vacations built around nail-biting, world-class competitions, has been named an Official Tour Operator for Giro d’Italia 2018. This marks the first time that Sports Tours International’s competition-driven vacations will be introduced to Israel. The company plans a range of vacation options to catch the thrills of Giro d’Italia. These include ride and watch packages and VIP treatment at finish lines and hospitality suites in the center of Jerusalem where the wheels begin to turn as well as at stage finishes in Tel Aviv and Eliat.
There will be a 10km time trial on May 4 in Jerusalem’s Old City, followed by two road stages on May 5 and 6. Day Two begins at the scenic Baha’i Gardens in Haifa, passing through historic Acre and Caesarea before riders head to the finish line on Tel Aviv’s beachside promenade in a stage totaling 167km.
Day Three begins in Beer Sheva and takes in southern Israel’s most dramatic scenery including the breath-taking Ramon Crater, finishing at the Red Sea resort of Eilat, totaling 226km.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for cycling fans to experience one of the biggest events on the racing calendar. Sports Tours International has a long history of partnering with the Giro and can provide superb ride and watch packages. Anyone interested should register now as this is bound to be a popular event,” said Sports Tours International’s Head of Product and Operations Alex de Waard.
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