MANCHESTER, UK, Jan. 17, 2018– Here’s a shout out to fans of competitive cycling.
A UK-based outfitter, Sports Tours International, makes all the arrangements for a spring-in-Italy vacation that includes ringside views of thrills and probable spills during the first cycling pro tour race on the 2018 calendar, Giro d’Italia. Plus Sports Tours International guests can cycle on the same routes where the pros will be beating their hearts out.
This year the Giro qualifies as an international nail biter before it begins. Expected to compete, among others, are Fabio Aru, an Italian on UAE Team Emirates; Esteban Chaves, a Peruvian on Australia’s Orica Scott; and Louis Meintjes, a South African racing for Johannesburg’s Dimension Data. And while it’s not 100 percent confirmed, Tom Dumoulin (last year’s winner), a Dutch rider for UCI WorldTeam, might also be riding.
Plus, adding to the sizzle, providing that he can overcome controversies that have recently engulfed him, 2017 Tour de France champ Chris Froome, age 33, a Brit racing for Team Sky,will tackle this unpredictable and wily course for the first time since 2010.
Sports Tours International is an Official Tour Operator for Giro d’Italia 2018. Its vacation arrangements include lodging and meal plans and access to VIP treatment at finish lines and hospitality suites. This UK company is the world’s most experienced (30 years) provider of vacations that are built around world-class competitions.
This 101st edition of the Giro runs May 4 to May 27, 2018. Early stages in Sicily lead up to the tough mountain (Etna) finish of Stage 6 before winding through central Italy to near Venice and the Alps. The route features eight summit finishes and two further uphill finishes which include in stage 14 Monte Zoncolan’s 1730m climb (maximum 22 percent), arguably the toughest climb in Italy and possibly the toughest of any Grand Tour.
Sports Tours International guests will enjoy fantastic views from the top of the mountain while immersing themselves in the atmosphere of a key battle on a Giro d’Italia 2018 - The Final 10 Days tour May 18-28. The rate for this 11-day vacation package is from £2,359.00 per person double. Guests enjoy VIP hospitality on mountain stages and can bike (supported) such famous Giro climbs as Monte Zoncolan and Colle delle Finestre. A rest day on Lake Garda means exploring lakeside villages, the Dolomites and more.
The Giro then tracks to the Alps and the final destination, Cervinia. From here guests can finish their tour in Milan or travel by train to Rome and for an additional fee lodge at a hotel across from the Coliseum and be positioned for the final stage on May 27. This package includes, among others, guide-supported transfers on customized minibuses with trailers and roof bike (bike rentals available) racks; airport (Venice) and train station (Milan) transfers; breakfasts and dinners with wine; and accommodations (2 nights in Ovaro at the foot of Monte Zoncolan, 4 nights in Riva del Garda on the shores of Lake Garda, 2 nights in Susa near the Colle delle Finnestre and 1 night at a hotel at Milan Malpensa airport).
In addition to this eleven day trip is an eight day optionin the Alps, Giro d'Italia 2018 - The Final 7 Days, focusing on Stage 19 that features the Colle delle Finestre, the highest climb – think 55 hairpins on a gravel surface -- of the Giro d’Italia, which stands at a grueling 2178m. The penultimate stage is from Susa to Cervinia, where the general classification will be confirmed. The per person double rate is from £1,959.00 and is offered May 21-28, 2018.
A Giro d'Italia 2018 - Zoncolan Weekend package is offered May 18-21 over four days and three nights, from £729.00 per person double. This is a great opportunity to spend a weekend at the toughest climb in professional cycling, the Monte Zoncolan.
The race eventually heads to Rome for Stage 21 on May 27 and the victory parade where the peloton will ride through historic streets. Here the winner will be presented with the famous pink jersey in front of thousands of spectators flooding the streets of Rome. Giro d'Italia 2018 - 2 or 3 Nights In Rome with breakfast plans and hospitality at the Rome finish are available from £289.00 or £429.00 respectively, per person, double.
“We are the only international tour operator who has official partnerships with the three Cycling Grand Tours and the five Monuments of Cycling. We provide an unrivaled offering of travel options to provide sports fans as well as the travelling amateur cyclist access to a whole host of amazing events throughout the year,” said Sports Tours International’s Head of Product and Operations Alex de Waard (https://www.sportstoursinternational.com).
Sports Tours International suggests booking event-viewing packages early to guarantee being in the heart of the action. For more information or to book your package please visit https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/event-categories/giro-ditalia/.
Sports Tours International is Europe’s leading specialist in sports travel. Since inception in 1973 they have hosted thousands of participants and spectators at major sporting events worldwide. With the tagline, Fanatical about Sport, the company’s initial roots came from a devotion to running when founder Vince Regan began taking runners to the NYC Marathon. Since the early 2000s, the company now embraces international cycling events and triathlon competitions, sports training camps and corporate hospitality. Clients often can participate in events with the pros and are encouraged to “unleash your inner hero” or when it’s not possible to compete, there’s the ability to be active spectators along the routes and “watch your heroes.”
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