Israel's location on the Mediterranean and its one-hour time difference from Italy means that the logistics of transporting the race caravan ought to be roughly comparable to those required for previous foreign starts in Europe, such as the 2014 transfer from Dublin to Bari.
"The second stage and the third stage, when you ride on the coast, on the desert, lots of wind maybe, can be already not an easy start for the race", the Italian added. The last 226-km-long stage in Israel will go from Be'er Sheva to Eilat on the Red Sea.
"This is a hugely exciting moment for cycling and for Israel", said Daniel Benaim, CEO and owner of Comtec Group, the Giro's Israeli production company, The Associated Press reported.
The Tour de France organisation previously entertained the idea of starting from as far afield as Guadeloupe in 2000, while delegations from Washington DC and Japan have expressed interest in hosting the Giro start in recent years. "The territories crossed by the stages in Israel will show to the world tradition, culture and attractive landscape". Organizers are expected to announce the precise route next week at a ceremony attended by Italian and Israeli officials along with retired Spanish cyclist and two-time Giro victor Alberto Contador.
More than 175 of the world's best cyclists will arrive in Israel for the race, one cycling's top three stage races along with the Tour and La Vuelta.
The big news of next year's race was the decision to start the race for the first time outside of Europe, with the first three stages in Israel.
Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said this was part of a "revolution in marketing Israel as a destination for leisure and tourism".
The recently retired Contador, who also won the Giro twice, said riders will have to weigh how much to risk in the time trial.
Giro officials, Italian sport minister Luca Lotti and Israeli ministers described the start as an opportunity to bring different cultures and countries together. He was stripped of a third Tour victory for doping.
The 101st Giro (May 4-27) will open with a time trial and two road stages in Israel that represents an important landmark in cycling history.
"Every year the Giro introduces new things, which makes it unique".