A quick one this, but Velonation is reporting breaking news that the 2012 Giro d’Italia will be starting in Washington, and I’m presuming that’s Washington DC, not Washington, Tyne and Wear, UK!
According to an Italian newspaper, it’ll be confirmed tomorrow, and if so, it’s massive news – the first time any Grand Tour has started outside Europe.
Practically speaking, it’ll be a huge logistical task, but will it be a worthwhile one? Will this be a big boost to cycling in the States, or simply a gimmick? And how will the riders feel about two trans-Atlantic flights at the start of a Grand Tour? The second is reportedly taking place after the prologue and with a rest day before stage 1 and the Giro proper.
We’d be interested to hear your views.