The Giro d'Italia opened with three days of racing in Israel, followed by a stopover on Sicily before heading to mainland Italy.

Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Dennis
Time Trial specialist Rohan Dennis arrived in Jerusalem looking for pink. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Froome
Chris Froome started the 2018 Giro d’Italia in search of three consecutive grand tour victories, having won last year’s Tour de France and Vuelta a España. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Dumoulin
Defending champion Tom Dumoulin returned to the Giro hunting for another maglia rosa. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Dumoulin
Tom Dumoulin started the 2018 edition of the race in the same manner he left it last year: wearing the pink leader’s jersey. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Giro in Israel
Israelis turned out in large numbers to take in the spectacle of the 2018 Giro d’Italia, the first grand tour to ever start outside of Europe. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Fans
Israel or Italy? One could be easily mistaken for the other as fans embraced the pink mania. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Fans
Israel delivered the atmosphere of a grand tour with fans, flags, and climbs. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Solo attack
Guillame Bovin tried a solo attack on the stage to Tel Aviv, hoping to deliver a win for the home team. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Viviani
The first sprint finish of the 2018 Giro saw Elia Viviani power to victory in Tel Aviv. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Giro in Israel
Stage 3 from Ber’Sheeva to Eilat was the longest stage of the big start at 229km, and it was over an undulating and dynamic desert landscape heading toward southern Israel. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Fan
Rohan Dennis surveyed the landscape and the Israeli fans as the peloton made its way toward Eilat. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Spectators
Fans and locals came out to the roadside to watch the race. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Peloton
The landscapes on the route to Eilat were similar to those in the southwestern United States. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Peloton
Israel looked like the Grand Canyon as the peloton traversed the rolling hills. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Dennis in pink
Rohan Dennis sat comfortably among his BMC Racing teammates on their way to Eilat. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Viviani
Another sprint finish and another victory for the Italian sprinter Elia Viviani. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Viviani podium
Elia Viviani took a moment to realize his back-to-back stage victories in Israel. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Dennis in pink
The Giro retuned to Italy with Rohan Dennis in the maglia rosa. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Wellens sprints
The steep climb to the finish in Caltagirone was tailor-made for Tim Wellens, who took his second career Giro stage victory. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Bennett
Sam Bennett showed the severity of the climb to Caltagirone. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Wellens podium
Tim Wellens on the podium after he won stage 4 in Sicily. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Dennis podium
Rohan Dennis held onto the maglia rosa for another day after stage 4. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Team Sky
Team Sky was presented to the fans in Agrigento at the start of stage 5. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Peloton
The peloton rolled through the seaside village of Sciacca. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Battaglin wins
Enrico Battaglin was the best of the best in Santa Ninfa on stage 5 in Sicily. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Viviani in pink
Elia Viviani greeted the crowds in Caltanissetta at the start of stage 6. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Yates, Chaves 1-2
Simon Yates and Esteban Chaves took hold of the Giro with dominance atop the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Pinot
Thibaut Pinot continued his consistent performances by taking third on the stage to Etna. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Suffer
The new ascent of Mount Etna took its toll on the riders. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Schachmann
Maximilian Schachmann finally succumbed to the pressure of the race and the challenging parcours, relinquishing his lead in the maglia bianca. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Chaves podium
Esteban Chaves celebrated his stage victory with Prosecco and his charismatic smile. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Yates in pink
Simon Yates took over the maglia rosa on stage 6 to Mount Etna. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Bennett
Sam Bennett finally got his first grand tour victory on stage 7 in Praia a Mare. Photo: Twila Federica Muzzi / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Bennett podium
It was all smiles for Sam Bennett on the podium after his stage 7 victory. Photo: Twila Federica Muzzi / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Yates' legs
The lean and mean legs of maglia rosa holder Simon Yates. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Switchback
The leaders ascended the climb to Montevergine di Mercogliano under the escort of Team Sky. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Peloton
Simon Yates kept all of his rivals under close watch as the peloton neared the finish at Montevergine di Mercogliano. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Carapaz wins
Best young rider Richard Carapaz took the victory at Montevergine di Mercogliano. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Dumoulin
Tom Dumoulin was still in the hunt at the finish at Montevergine di Mercogliano. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Boaro wheelie
Manuele Boaro started the day with some fun and games on the way to the sign on in Pesco Sannita. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Peloton
The peloton departed the small village of Pesco Sannita en route to the mountaintop finish at Gran Sasso. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Pantani fans
Marco Pantani fans decorated the final meters of the climb to Gran Sasso in honor of the late Giro champion. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Leaders
The leaders neared the summit of Gran Sasso with the remnants of winter all around them. Photo: Russ Ellis / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Yates
Simon Yates continued his dominance of the 2018 Giro d’Italia with a victory atop Gran Sasso. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Yates wins
Simon Yates won on Gran Sasso with the maglia rosa on his back. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Pinot finish
Aiming for a podium spot in Rome, Thibaut Pinot finished among the leaders on stage 9. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Froome finish
Chris Froome continued to be a step behind the top riders in this Giro, losing more time on the summit of Gran Sasso. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Yates podium
Simon Yates emerged from backstage to receive the awards as winner of stage 9. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
Giro d'Italia 2018, week 1: Yates podium
After the rest day, Simon Yates began the second week of the Giro in the maglia rosa and all eyes on him as the race heads north into the big mountains. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com