Could the Giro d’Italia start in Japan in 2018?

Italian newspaper La Stampa reports there is a plan in place to take the Giro d'Italia to Japan for four stages in 2018

Reports from Italy suggest Giro d’Italia organiser RCS Sport is working on a deal to bring the 2018 Big Start to Japan.

The Italian Grand Tour is never averse to taking the opening stages out of its home country, beginning this year’s race in the Netherlands, in Belfast in 2014 and in Denmark in 2012, among others.

Italian newspaper La Stampa is reporting that four stages would be held in the Land of the Rising Sun, which could include the climb of Mount Fuji, saying that all that is needed to seal the deal is the signatures.

Giro organiser Mauro Vegni would have to request from the UCI for the race to have two consecutive rest days in order to bring the race back to Italy after stage four. This would be in order to ensure the riders and staff were not suffering from jetlag after the 14-hour flight.

La Stampa reports the four stages would be worth more than €35m, with each team in line for between €250,000 and €500,000 in expenses to deal with the logistics.

This year the riders were given a rest day after stage three as the race transferred from Arnhem to Catanzaro in the south of Italy.

Should the race travel to the Far East it would be the first Grand Tour departure outside of Europe, with 12 other foreign starts for the Giro in its 99 editions to date.