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176 top world cyclists race through the Holy Land for Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia
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Billions of viewers worldwide eagerly await the 101st Giro d’Italia, coming to Israel for the first time this May. This year will mark the first time any of the cycling “Grand Tour” races (Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, or Vuelta a Espana) is being held outside of Europe.


Before 18 days of racing across Italy, the world’s top cyclists will speed across three Israeli stages for Giro d’Italia’s Big Start. The three days will begin May 4th covering 10 km around Jerusalem’s Old City, 167 km from Haifa and passing through Akko and Caesarea to Tel Aviv the following day, and leaving from Beer Sheva for 229 km across the Ramon Crater to finally finish in Eilat.


Each race will have a spectator entertainment area with free admission in the respective kick-off and finish-line cities, hosting food, drinks, DJs, merchandise, and activities for children. For the full schedule of the spectator event venues, times, and race routes broken down, visit


Expected to attract thousands of tourists, come cheer on the world’s best athletes whizzing through the country this weekend in Israel’s largest international sporting event.