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Giro deal with Sicily to include start of 2021 race

Cycling: 101st Tour of Italy 2018 / Stage 18

PRATO NEVOSO, ITALY - MAY 24: Peloton / Novello (458m)/ Vineyards Barolo wine / Landscape / during the 101st Tour of Italy 2018, Stage 18 a 196km stage from Abbiategrasso to Prato Nevoso 1607m / Giro d’Italia / on May 24, 2018 in Prato Nevoso, Italy. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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MILAN -- Giro d’Italia organizers have announced a deal with the Sicilian region to hold three stages on the island next year and the Grand Tour’s start in 2021.

RCS Sport also announced the return of the Giro di Sicilia next month, a four-stage race from April 3-6 concluding on Mount Etna.

It’s been 42 years since the Sicilian race was last held.

This year’s Giro d’Italia begins in Bologna on May 11 and concludes in Verona on June 2.