Pope Francis invited to start of Giro d'Italia in Israel
Oct 28 2017 12:21 am CET

Pope Francis invited to start of Giro d'Italia in Israel
Pope Francis invited to start of Giro d'Italia in Israel
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Pope Francis has been invited to the start of the Giro d'Italia, which is set to begin in Israel in May of 2018.

The leader of the Vatican city has been handed an invitation by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to go to the first stage of the race in the city of Jerusalem.

"The fact that the Giro starts in Jerusalem and ends in Rome bears special symbolism, reflected in the historic document ‘Between Jerusalem and Rome,’ a copy of which was presented to Your Holiness on August 31," said the note that Netanyahu sends to Pope Francis.

The 2018 Giro d'Italia will start in Jerusalem and will take the peloton through Tel Aviv. Haifa and the Negev, finishing in Eilat before heading to Italy.

"Israel and specifically its capital, Jerusalem, is an important centre of all three Abrahamic faiths, where we must daily demonstrate our ability to live together in this tiny geography," commented Sylvan Adams, honorary president of 'Big Start Israel', organiser of the Israel stages.

"The upcoming race in Israel is further testimony to the power of sport to transcend politics and division and focus solely on sportsmanship."

The Start in Israel will be the first time ever that a Grand Tour will start outside Europe.
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