Giro deal with Sicily to include start of 2021 race

              French rider Julian Alaphilippe, right, celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win, as Oliver Naesen, at his left, of AG2R, comes in second, and Michal Kwiatkowski of Team Sky, left, third, after a 10-man sprint at the end of the 291-kilometer (181-mile) route along the Italian Riviera for the 110th edition of the Milano-Sanremo cycling classic, in Sanremo, Italy, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (Dario Belinghieri/ANSA via AP)

MILAN (AP) — 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.