2019 Giro d'Italia expected to begin with uphill time trial in Bologna

Chris Froome (Team Sky) celebrates his first Giro d'Italia victory

The 2019 Giro d'Italia is set to start with a short uphill prologue time trial in Bologna, according to a report published on Tuttobiciweb on Tuesday, with other sources confirming the location of the opening stage to Cyclingnews . The Giro has alternated home and foreign starts in recent years and the race is due to begin in Italy after this year's Grande Partenza in Israel. Rumours earlier in the summer had suggested that the southern city of Matera would host the Giro start to tie in with its designation as European Capital of Culture in 2019. However recent arrests amongst local politicians appear to have forced race organiser RCS Sport to quickly redesign the route for the 2019 Corsa Rosa. Bologna emerged as the front runner in recent weeks, even though RCS Sport declined to confirm or deny that Bologna will host the 2019 Grande Partenza. The race last ...

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