Giro d’Italia 2018: Live stream, TV channel, route, stages, schedule and more, Israel is the controversial setting for the start of the 2018 Giro d’Italia, and will host three stages before the Giro returns home on Tuesday. While the Italian will be the first rider in the ‘hot seat’ if he can hold off his minute man.
This could be a microcosm of the battle to come between Chris Froome (Sky) and Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), two riders used to being the fastest time trial riders among overall contenders at a Grand Tour, both of whom will be eager to land an early psychological blow over the other.They’ll both be prime candidates to win the stage and take the race’s first pink jersey, but the outright favourite might just be Rohan Dennis (BMC), who is a specialist at shorter distances.The parcours of the next two stages will whet the appetites of the few sprinters who have opted to ride. Elia Viviani is the one to watch, backed by a Quick-Step Floors team that amassed a huge total of 13 Grand Tour sprint wins last year.
Sprinters like Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors), who sets off at 16:02, will want to put in a big effort to have a chance at pulling on the maglia rosa in the subsequent sprint-friendly stages before the race heads to Sicily.Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) is one of the first GC contenders to start at 16:15, with teammate Esteban Chaves taking off 22 minutes later. Chris Froome (Team Sky) is fifth to last at 16:41.
When does the Giro d’Italia 2018 start?The first stage of the Giro d’Italia will get underway on Friday May 4 in Jerusalem, one of three stages in Israel.The race will then return to Italy over the May 7 rest day for its first home stage starting in Catania on Tuesday May 8.The champion will be crowned in Rome