Washington, DC Pushing to Host Two Stages of 2012 Giro d’Italia
Of the three grand tours (Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana, & Giro d’Italia), none of them have started outside of Europe. This may come to a change in the 2012 Giro, as Washington, D.C., has shown a tremendous interest. Angelo Zomegnan, the Giro’s director, has said a couple weeks ago that thanks to interest from the Capitol, the Giro could very well start in the US. “The course promises to be one of the most spectacular prologues ever used in a Grand Tour. It seems very appropriate that the prologue for the first US start be held in the heart of the nation’s capital,” says Mark Sommers, D.C.’s Capitol Criterium race director. Sommers and g4 Productions have already started designing two possible stages for the race. “We recognize that the potential economic impact of bringing the Giro d’Italia to Washington, DC, is tremendous. Hosting this race would not only provide the District with a tremendous economic boost, but further legitimize its status as an international destination for world-class sporting events, conventions and tourism,” says Gregory O’Dell, president and CEO of the Washington Convention and Sports Authority. Adrian Fenty, D.C.’s mayor, is said to be in full support of the efforts, and is an avid cyclist himself.