Thursday, February 25, 2010

Giro d'Italia Considers Start in Washington DC, Part VII


Confirmed - D.C. Start for the Giro d'Italia Not Confirmed

"There's nothing like that late-evening call from someone in the know telling you that the post you wrote on the massive international cycling stage-race coming to the District isn't really true. I dare say it, friends, but apparently the Giro d'Italia's coming to America isn't yet set in stone.

A source at the Washington Convention and Sports Authority tells DCist that while a reception will be held tonight at the Italian Embassy featuring Mayor Adrian Fenty, Giro organizer Angelo Zomegnan and other big-wigs, no formal announcement regarding the Giro's alleged start in the District will be made. The reception will merely allow a District-based working group to provide an update on the planning for the race.

The not-so-confirmed confirmation seems to have started across the Atlantic, when Italian paper Il Sole 24 Ore published an article claiming that the District would host both a prologue and a first stage in the 2012 Giro. Pretty much every cycling publication out there jumped on the news, and we followed. The news was even a surprise to some locals involved in the process, who thought someone in Italy had just leaked the news a little prematurely. But so far, everything is still in the planning stages, and Giro organizers have not given the green light for an actual District start."

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