The Giro d’Italia is an annual stage race bicycle race primarily held in Italy. The race was first organized in 1909 to increase sales of the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport however it is currently run by RCS Sport. The race has been held annually except when it was stopped for the two world wars. As the Giro gained prominence and popularity the race was lengthened, and the peloton expanded from primarily Italian participation to riders from all over the world. Along with the Tour de France and Vuelta a España, the Giro makes up cycling’s prestigious three-week-long Grand Tours.