RCS dismisses any chance of 2017 Giro d'Italia start in Japan

Rumours that the Italian Grand Tour would visit the Far East sprung up on Tuesday night, but RCS Sport have said they are wide of the mark

Alberto Contador on stage twelve of the 2015 Tour of Italy

(Image credit: Watson)

The 2017 Giro d'Italia starting in Japan is "impossible" due to the timing and the year, says RCS Sport cycling director Mauro Vegni, despite reports otherwise overnight.

Belgian website Sport/Voetbalmagazine reported on Tuesday that the 2017 Italian Grand Tour would begin in Shizuoka with four stages, including one up Mount Fuji.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.