Racing at Home G17-1
The 101st Giro d'Italia has done something that no grand tour has done before, it has started outstide of Europe. 198 riders went to Jerusalem, Israel for three days of racing around the country before heading back to Italy for the remaining 18 stages. So it is fitting that the first painting of the race is of the Israeli National Time Trial Champion, Guy Sagiv (Israel Cycling Academy). Sagiv had to be super motivated to put in a great showing, but he was up against the world, including the European Champion and the World Champion in this discipline.
Part of the reason I decided to paint this year's Giro d'Italia is that it is starting in Jerusalem and ending in Roma near the steps of the Vatican.