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Giro 2012 to start in… Washington!?

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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.

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Grendel
12 years ago

I won’t be holding my breath on this. There were similar rumors about the TdF a year or two ago. Prologue in NYC then stage one from Philly to DC or something like that.

Eric Jensen
Eric Jensen
12 years ago

A colossal waste of time, money, and greenhouse gas emissions. What we need is anyone with brains enough to get a grand tour going here instead of importing a time trial stage. Remember the Coors Classic? Maybe someone needs to get those NASCAR idiots to ride in it instead of sit in a car; then America would wise up?

Grendel
12 years ago

Turns out Velonation jumped the gun…DC is only announcing a bid for the start.

http://www.welovedc.com/2010/02/24/2012-giro-ditalia-to-kick-off-in-dc/

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