Giro De Italia: What Other Countries Could Have a Grand Tour?

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Celebrating the Giro d'Italia, we Decided to Find Out Which Other Countries in the World Could Host a Prestigious Grand Tour.

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The Giro d'Italia, La Vuelta a España and the Tour de France are considered the top events of the year in cycling. However, there are many other countries that could accommodate an event.

A Grand Tour is an event that, according to the rules of the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale), lasts from 15 to 23 days and a distance that can be up to 3500km. These competitions give more points than all the others in the UCI. The winner of the Tour de France gets 1,000 and the winners of the Tour of Spain and the Giro receive 850 each.

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Although it would be difficult to create a new Grand Tour from scratch, as the cyclists would have to stick to a very tight schedule, it is worth speculating on the countries that could have such an event in the future, perhaps biannually. It should be clarified that here the trajectory and the cycling history weigh more than any tangible factor. The countries chosen here reflect this cycling tradition, as well as places that may have an interesting geography for the competition.

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