MILAN, 30 October 2008 - Venice, 9 May 2009. The 100th Giro d'Italia will start here. Twelve years after the Corsa Rosa last went through the Laguna. A priceless start for a unique, different and highly anticipated edition of the race.
The official announcement came from the mayor of Venice, Massimo Cacciari, during an evening in a well-known locale in Milan where Rcs Sport launched the display promoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport. "Venice is delighted to host, after a twelve year interval, the first stage of the Giro d'Italia, and especially on the very special occasion of its Centenary" - said Cacciari. "In sporting contests, as in the welcome extended to tourists, in its great exhibitions and numerous conventions, Venice honours its role as an open and privileged meeting place, and as a place for dialogue among different peoples and cultures."
Source: Gazzetta dello Sport; photo: Lapresse, Cipollini wins the sprint in Venice in '97