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Giro 2018 General Discussion
« on: September 18, 2017, 13:04 »
https://twitter.com/giroditalia/status/909716257645219840







Going by recent Giro jaunts overseas it is no surprise to see TT + sprints as the order of the day. Did we really expect anything else?
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    Re: Giro 2018 General Discussion
    « Reply #1 on: September 18, 2017, 15:34 »
    I wasn't. ... but Israel is a bit of a surprise ...
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    Re: Giro 2018 General Discussion
    « Reply #2 on: September 18, 2017, 16:49 »
    I wasn't. ... but Israel is a bit of a surprise ...
    The Israel Grande Partenza has been rumoured for several months; it was an open secret by now. But I admit that it wasn't an open secret that was spread wide and far.



    I'm happy they avoided the sandtrap of taking the Jerusalem ITT to the eastern part of the city (which to this day isn't officially recognised by the UN (or anyone, really) as Israeli territory. That would have made the Giro very unpopular in some circles, and rightly so.
    This *il jaunt is unpopular enough as it is.

    Some people have talked about boycotting these first three days because of Israel's policy towards Palestinians, especially under the current right-wing government.
    Let me say here and now that I am not one of those. I respect (maybe even admire) the decision of everyone who feels their following (or reporting on) a sporting event in Israel would indicate support of said government. I hope they respect my decision to follow the Grande Partenza - because I simply can't not. I'm too much of a fan of both the Giro and of #academy to not watch, and while I have heavy scruples about doing so, I do consider Israel a democracy under the rule of law. Much more so than e.g. Turkey or China, and these two countries will get their WT races next month already.
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    Re: Giro 2018 General Discussion
    « Reply #3 on: September 26, 2017, 11:40 »
    Here's a very good piece on the whole "Giro in Israel, sports in politics, politics in sports" issue:
    https://rouleur.cc/editorial/start-2018-giro-ditalia-israeli-dilemma/
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    Re: Giro 2018 General Discussion
    « Reply #4 on: October 16, 2017, 20:47 »
    http://cyclingpro.net/spaziociclismo/giro-2018/giro-ditalia-2018-anche-la-aqua-blue-sport-candidata-ad-wild-card-rischiano-bardiani-wilier/

    AquaBlue after a wildcard too?

    Can't say I'd be too heartbroken if Bardiani missed out next year.
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