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Friday 15 Sep 2017

The Giro d'Italia will open next year's event in Israel, marking the first time any leg of the sport's Grand Tours will take place outside of Europe.

Race organisers said details of the exact route of the three-day leg in Israel will be announced next week.

Italian and Israeli ministers will make the announcement, along with Spanish great Alberto Contador.

More than 175 of the world's best cyclists will arrive in Israel for the start of the race, one cycling's top three stage races along with the Tour de France and the Spanish Vuelta.

For the first time in its 101-year history, the Giro will begin outside Europe.

Viewed by hundreds of millions across the globe, this will be the biggest sporting event ever held in Israel.

British veteran Steve Cummings has withdrawn from next week's time trial at the cycling road world championships after saying he had trained to be in the road race team, which he was not selected for.

Tao Geoghegan Hart will replace the 36-year-old in Wednesday's individual event.

Vuelta a Espana and four times Tour de France winner Chris Froome is also competing in the time trial at the championships in Bergen, Norway.

Cummings, last year's Tour of Britain winner who also competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics, said he was "surprised and disappointed" not to have made the road race team but respected the selection process.

He said he had been told on Aug. 15 that he would be a reserve for the time trial and so had focused on one-day races instead.

The rider was then told with eight days to go that he had been selected for the time trial.

"I can't prepare for the worlds time trial event in eight days from what I'm coming off. So I don't feel I can do myself justice and would prefer to concentrate on other goals for my team," added Cummings in a British Cycling statement.

"For me to do a proper job it takes specific training in order to produce a good time trial performance and I haven't been training on my time trial bike as I was concentrating on the road race."

"Given that I won't be able to give my best, it would be appropriate to give the opportunity to another rider."

The 2017 UCI Road World Championships will be held in Bergen, Norway from 167-24 September and will be broadcast on SBS Viceland and streamed online.

Disgraced former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich has been given a 21-month suspended sentence for causing a crash in Switzerland in 2014.

A Swiss court has handed down a suspended 21-month prison sentence against former German cyclist Jan Ullrich, finding him guilty of causing an accident in a heavily drunk and medicated state.

The court in the town of Weinfelden also sentenced the Tour de France winner to a fine of 10,000 Swiss francs ($13,000).

No one was injured when the Tour de France winner had crashed into two other cars in Switzerland in May 2014, but tests after the incident showed sleep medicine as well as high levels of alcohol in his blood.

Ullrich was driving at more than 130 km/h, exceeding the speed limit by more than 50 km/h.

"The limits are the same for everyone, whether he is a top athlete or a normal person," the judge said as she explained the verdict, according to an online report by the Blick newspaper.

Ullrich accepted the verdict and sentence.

He won the Tour in 1997 and was later linked to the doping scandal involving Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes in 2006, prompting his retirement from cycling.

He was retroactively banned for two years in 2012 and subsequently admitted to doping.