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A Grand Tour just wouldn’t be a Grand Tour if it wasn’t for a little tinge of controversy. This year the Giro d’Italia’s got a double whammy — one political hot potato of its own making, another that’s been forced upon it.

RCS’s €10m Israeli start and the implicit support of a historically controversial state is a topic far out of the scope of a cycling magazine and one I don’t mind admitting to being out of my depth on.

The allegation of ‘sports-washing’ may hang over RCS for some time, but as far as a bike race goes, a Grand Départ is quickly forgotten once a race hits the mountains.

The discussions will then move on to controversial subject number two — Chris Froome’s participation.

Despite a possible sanction hanging over him for twice the legal levels of salbutamol in his urine at the Vuelta last September, Froome is within his rights to ride on and challenge for the win regardless.

By late May, the seriousness of the topic of Israel is ironically likely to be overshadowed by a rider’s use of an asthma inhaler.

It seems absurd to write such a thing, but such is the sometimes fickle and self-centred nature of elite sport.

Simon Richardson
Cycling Weekly magazine editor

In this week’s Cycling Weekly magazine

Full 2018 Giro d’Italia preview and race guide: Stages, riders and much much more

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Froome vs the world: What’s awaiting the Tour champ in Italy

Cycling Weekly magazine: Froome vs the World

News: Egan Bernal, Team Sky’s new kid on the block

Tech: Specialized Diverge: does it all and more

Tech: Argon 18 Gallium Pro

Ride With: Braving the rain with Eastbourne Rovers

Team Wiggins in flying early-season form

Come back to cycling fitter and faster than before

Cycling Weekly magazine May 3 2018 issue on sale from Thursday priced £2.99

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