Grand Tour Cycling Jerseys30th July, 2018 Giro d'Italia This year (4th May, 2018), for the first time ever - a Grand Tour will start outside of Europe! It's the 13th time that the Giro starts outside of Italy; Israel has the honour of hosting the first 3 stages, kicking things off in Jerusalem with a time trial. As usual, the race will consist of 21 stages: 2 individual time trials, 7 sprints, 6 medium difficulty stages and 6 high difficulty stages. The total distance covered will be 3,546.2KM (2203.5 miles), which is approx. 168.9KM (105 miles) a day, OUCH. There's a nice little change for the final stage, as riders will entre beautiful Rome, an opportunity that these riders have likely never done before. With four tours and one Vuelta Espana under his belt , Froome is now the first British rider to win the Giro d'Italia; also making him the second rider to have won all three Grand Tours AND the third rider to win them all in one year! Get full details of each stage here. Tour de France As usual, this incredibly famous event will take place throughout the whole of July - beginning 07.07.18 until 23rd. The 105th edition of the tour will consist of 21 stages and cover a total riding distance of approx. 3,329km. There's 9 new locations visited fir the first time this year. It's broken down into; 8 flat stages, 5 hills, 6 King of the Mountain stages and 3 altitude finishes (La Rosière, Alpe d’Huez, Saint-Lary-Soulan col de Portet) , 1 individual time trial, 1 team time trial and 2 rest days. This year, the race includes 25 mountain climbs and the cobbles return during the 9th stage in Arras, Roubaix. The last curve ball is that after a 3 year absence, a TTT is back on the cards as early as stage 3. With Lance Armstrong (stripped of his 7 TDF wins), he stated that if Chris Froome races the Tour this year he'll face a 'nightmare' - after experience on the unclear end of a doping accusation. The four-time title winner of the TDF is still the bookies odds to win! The record number of titles held is five, held by Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain. Four-time leading champion Froome, completed the podium this year, but not as expected... Geraint Thomas stepped in to this years spotlight; after the individual time trial stage, he gained 1m51s over Tom Dumoulin. Ever wonder how the TDF ever got to be the biggest Classic race of all time? Read how times have changed - here. Vuelta a Espana Beginning on August 25th, the 73rd edition of this Spanish La Vuelta will begin in Malaga - the second time since 1936 and there's no better way to start than an ITT right?! The rumours are circulating, but the finalised route/ stage details are yet TBC this month. Looking ahead though, there's rumours of the 2020 edition already! Will the Vuelta go back to the future in the Netherlands... Simon Yates won the 73rd edition of the Vuelta a Espana ahead of Enric Mas and Miguel Lopez - making this the first time, all grand tours in a season have been won by British Riders.
Grand Tour JerseyGiro d'Italia This year seen the 100th Giro d’Italia, taking place in both Ponte a Ema and Castellania - the birthplaces of Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi. The race will consisted of 21 stages (including 2 added individual time trials for 2017 accumulating a total distance of 62.3km). Tour de France As usual, this incredibly famous event will begin on the 1st July 2017 until 23rd. The 104th edition of the tour will consist of 21 stages and cover a total riding distance of 3,521km. It will visit 3 of Frances neighbouring countries - Germany, Belgium and Luxemburg. It's broken down into; 9 flat stages, 5 hills, 5 King of the Mountain stages, 2 individual time trials and 2 rest days. This year, the 5 mountain ranges of France are included in the route - this hasn't happened since '92! And wait for it... There's also 10 new city stages | sites, too! Including Dusseldorf (stage 1 ), Nantua (stage 9), Laissac-Severac l'Eglise (stage 15) and Salon-de-Provence (stage 19). Chris Froome is now a four-time title winner of the TDF - the record number of titles held is five, held by Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain. Ever wonder how the TDF ever got to be the biggest Classic race of all time? Read how times have changed - here. Vuelta a Espana Beginning on August 19th, the 72nd edition of this Spanish La Vuelta will consist of 21 stages; 5 flat, 8 hill stages, 5 mountain climbs, 1 individual time trial and 1 team time trial. The final grand tour of the season won't be easy; including stages like the Angliru on the penultimate day, is the most prominent - and don't forget a nice 30km climb in Sierra Nevada too. It's any general classification riders race this year; with various amendments from stage 10 (Caravaca Jubilar to El Pozo Alimentación) to stage 16 (time trial).