Giro d'Italia 2018 route unveiled as Team Sky's Chris Froome targets Giro-Tour double
Fabio Aru, Vincenzo Nibali and Tom Dumoulin at the Giro d'Italia 2018 route announcement on Wednesday (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

The route for the 2018 Giro d'Italia has been announced, beginning with three stages in Israel, as Team Sky's Chris Froome revealed he will target a Giro-Tour de France double next season.

The 21 stages of the 2018 race feature eight summit finishes, including Monte Zoncolan on Stage 14, and 44.2 individual time trial kilometres. Team Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin is the current champion after his stunning performance in May.

Velon will again broadcast live rider data throughout 21 stages of the Giro d'Italia, bringing fans closer to the action and giving fascinating insight into the efforts of the elite riders in the pro peloton. The performance data will be availble via the Velon website and app.

The 2018 Giro d'Italia route begins with three stages in Israel

The Grande Partenza consists of a 9.7km individual time trial in Jerusalem on Friday 4 May, followed by two road stages in Israel, with an extra rest day on Monday 7 May for the transfer to Sicily.

Stage 6 brings a new ascent of Mount Etna, before the race heads northwards. The final week promises to be spectacular with three consecutive summit finishes - Prato Nevoso, Jafferau and Cervinia - before the 21st and final stage, a 118km trip around Rome.

Froome, who completed an incredible Tour-Vuelta double in 2017, confirmed his participation in a video message on Twitter, shown during the route presentation.

Should Froome win the 2018 Giro for Team Sky he will hold all three Grand Tour titles at once, and become only the third rider in the history of professional cycling to achieve the feat.

Velon's live data and post-stage analysis proved a big hit with cycling fans throughout the 2017 race, illustrating the efforts produced by riders including the victorious Dumoulin.

Infographics helped to tell the story of the race as Dumoulin's time-trialling ability combined with phenomenal climbing efforts proved too much for his rivals.

Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) finished second on the podium to Dumoulin with Vincenzo Nibali (Team Bahrain Merida) third.

Velon will be at the heart of the action again in 2018 and take cycling fans closer to the first Grand Tour of another pulsating season of pro cycling.