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Battle for 2018 Giro d'Italia maglia rosa to begin in Jerusalem


The 2018 Giro D'Italia will begin in Jerusalem, Israel next year -- the first time a Grand Tour has started outside of Europe. 

The battle for the maglia rosa will start on May 4, with the first of the three stages taking place in Israel. 

The second stage from Haifa to Tel Aviv takes in the first mountain climbs of the race, while the third stage from Be'er Sheva to Eilat, finishes with a long descent.

Having won both the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana in 2017, it remains the only Grand Tour that Chris Froome has yet to win, with the Briton suggesting that victory in all three wasn't "impossible."

Tom Dumoulin -- who saw his Team Sunweb outfit defeat Team Sky in the Team Time Trial at the World Championships on Sunday -- is reigning champion, while Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa are likely to be his main opposition. 

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