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Major cycling race to start in Israel next year for the first time in history
15.09.2017, Israel and the World
A major cycling race, the Giro d’Italia, will begin in Israel in 2018, the first time such a race starts outside Europe, the spokesperson of Israeli sports minister Miri Regev confirmed.
The Giro is one of the major cycling races with the Tour de France and la Vuelta in Spain.
"We are proud to host in Israel any international competition and of course the Giro, which is an important competition with the world’s best riders," he said.
Organizers said that details of the exact route of the three-day leg in Israel will be announced next week, with Italian and Israeli ministers making the announcement in Jerusalem.
More than 175 of the world's best cyclists will arrive in Israel for the race. It will be the biggest sporting event ever held in Israel and is expected to draw tens of thousands of tourists and cycling enthusiasts.
The Giro has started outside Italy in the past, but never outside Europe. The Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana have also never begun outside Europe.