Giro d'Italia start could be under threat as Israeli officials voice anger over references to 'West Jerusalem'

Israeli ministers dispute that there is any divide within ancient city

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The Grande Partenza ("Big Start") of the Giro d'Italia in Israel was put under threat after Israeli government officials voiced their anger over references to "West Jerusalem" at the official route presentation on Wednesday

For the first time in history, a Grand Tour will start outside of Europe, with the 2018 Giro d'Italia beginning with a 9.6km individual time trial in the western part of the historic city.

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