One of the special events taking place in the Holy Land in 2018 is the Giro d”Italia Cycling competition, in stages, which is held annually in Italy over a period of 3 weeks. The 101st Giro d’Italia will run from May 4th to 27th 2018 and will have an unprecedented start, being the first time that the competition will begin outside the borders of Europe with Israel hosting the first three stages,
The first stage will begin with individual time trials in the Holy City of Jerusalem. Over the next two days the cyclists will travel the country from north to south, from the city of Haifa to Eilat on the shores of the Red Sea, passing by Zichron Yaakov, Caesarea, Tel Aviv, Beer Sheva, Mitzpe Ramon and the Negev Desert. The competition will end three weeks later in Rome.
The race this year will also honor the memory of the great Gino Bartali who was one of Italy’s greatest cyclists and was recognized by Yad Vashem in 2013 as a Righteous Gentile for his efforts to save Jews during the Holocaust. Gino Bartali won the Giro d’Italia three times, in 1936, 1937 and again in 1947, he also won the Tour de France twice, in 1938 and 1948. He gained even greater fame for his actions in the resistance during the German occupation of Italy. Celebrating the memory of the great Gino Bartali in Jerusalem seems particularly appropriate, as he was not only a sports champion but also a man of heroic virtues who should never be forgotten.
The competition is expected to attract thousands of tourists to the Holy Land, in addition to hosting 22 teams of international cyclists, their families, as well as sponsors and supporters of the event. This event is broadcast around the world and followed live by millions of viewers.