Giro d'Italia staying out of Jerusalem's Old City to avoid 'risky narrow roads' rather than political controversy

Old City, regarded by UN as occupied Palestinian territory, will not feature in Giro d'Italia route

The route of the opening stage of the Giro d'Italia will avoid the disputed Old City of Jerusalem for sporting reasons, rather than the desire to avoid political controversy, according to a key figure in attracting the race outside of Europe for the first time.

Amir Halevi, Director General of Israel Tourism, said that local authorities had played no part in deciding the route of stage one's time trial, with the decision not to go into the Old City - part of East Jerusalem, which is regarded by the United Nations as occupied Palestinian territory - made by Giro organisers RCS Sport for the safety of the riders.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.