Christian Vande Velde In Support of 2011 Giro d’Italia to Begin in Washington, D.C.
Rumors of the 2011 Giro d’Italia starting in the US may be coming true after all. 33-year-old US stage racer Christian Vande Velde likes the idea and supports it. Vande Velde told CyclingNews “There would be nothing better than having a prologue down the National Mall in DC. I think it would be the biggest thing for the Giro; it would put the World’s eyes on the Giro.” Angelo Zomegnan, the Giro’s Race Director, says that Washington, D.C. has shown interest in being a host city for the Giro. Adrian Fenty, Washington, D.C.’s Mayor, will be helping out, as he is a cycling fan and competes in triathlons. “It’s my understanding that there have been talks, but nothing is final,” says Fenty’s press officer Mafara Hobson to the DCist. It the Giro does start in the US, it will be the first time ever that a Grand Tour will begin outside of Europe. Keep checking back for updates on the 2011 Giro d’Italia.