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Bringing the Giro d'Italia to Washington, D.C.

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Efforts are currently underway to bring the opening stage of the 95th Giro d'Italia to the U.S. in spring 2012.

NIAF, Italian Ambassador Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata, the Washington Convention and Sports Authority and others are working to bring the race's opening leg to our nation's capital. The Giro's presence in Washington, D.C., would consist of a prologue on the first day and a race stage on the second, with riders starting on Pennsylvania Avenue near the National Archives and ultimately crossing a finish line near the White House. Cyclists would then travel to Italy to complete the race, which is one of cycling's three Grand Tours in Europe (the others being the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana).

"It's going to be a fantastic event for D.C., akin to bringing the Olympics to the city," Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty told guests at an Italian Embassy gala announcing the initiative in February. An added bonus? The race is sure to boost interest in cycling here in the U.S.

Supporters have been told to expect an announcement about the bid's status following the end of this year's Giro d'Italia in Verona, Italy on May 30. So keep your fingers crossed and keep checking back here for more information.