MILAN (AP) -- The 100th Giro d'Italia next year will start in Sardinia with three road stages.
It will be the third time the Italian grand tour has started on the island, although it will be the first time in 10 years.
The Giro will set off from Alghero on May 5, 2017, on an undulating 203-kilometer (126-mile) route along the island's northern coast to Olbia.
Stage two is a hilly 208-kilometer leg from Olbia to Tortoli, which could also end in a sprint, while the final day in Sardinia is a mainly flat 148 kilometers from Tortoli to Cagliari.
The details of the start were revealed on Wednesday. The rest of the route will be unveiled on Oct. 25. It is expected the Giro will visit as many of Italy's 20 regions as possible.