Fenty in Favor of DC Start for Giro d'Italia

By Matthew Stabley
|  Wednesday, Nov 4, 2009  |  Updated 8:23 PM EDT
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Fenty in Favor of DC Start for Giro d'Italia

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WASHINGTON -- D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty supports a bid to start the Giro d'Italia, CyclingNews.com reported.

The race is one of the Big 3 international cycling tours along with La Vuelta de Espana and, of course, the Tour de France (pronounced "Frahns" by American sportscasters during the race but "Frants" the rest of the year).

None of the races has ever started outside Europe, but Giro d'Italia officials reportedly are considering it in coming years, according to LaGazzetta dello Sport.

Fenty is famously big on fitness and participates in triathlons as part of his personal physical fitness program.

"For some time we have had the idea of holding the Giro's start in America. But now there exists a concrete interest from the city of Washington," said race director Angelo Zomegnan.

CyclingNews.com noted that the financial and physical toll of transporting all those cyclists across the Atlantic Ocean during the three-week race could impede plans for U.S. stages.

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