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by Mark Zalewski
May 12, 2016
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The 2016 start of the Giro d’Italia in The Netherlands was heralded as the best foreign start ever, according to Mauro Vegni, race director for RCS Sport, owners of the Giro.
“This was the best of the grand tour starts that I’ve done, and I’ve been helping the Giro d’Italia go abroad since 1996, when we went to Greece,” Vegni told VeloNews.
According to the Giro media office, local organisers spent 12.85 million euro all-in, including the fee it paid to RCS Sport.
“They did their work,” Vegni added. “We had 235,000 fans on the roadside watching Saturday’s stage, that’s four times the crowd in Milan’s San Siro stadium for certain football matches.”
This was the 12th non-Italian start for the Giro, though all have been within Europe. For the 100th edition in 2017, speculation is that the entire race will run within Italy.
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