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by Mark Zalewski
November 17, 2016
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Hosting the 2016 Giro d’Italia start in the Netherlands resulted in a loss of €400,000, according to a report commissioned by the organisers.
The race began in the province of Gelderland, featuring the cities of Apeldoorn, Arnhem and Nijmegen. Researchers of the Hogeschool Arnhem en Nijmegen (HAN) also reported that the general consensus is that the perception of these three cities has improved in several ways.
“There has also been a positive economical spin-off of 8.4 million Euros,” the researchers said.
The report goes on to explain that the financial loss can be attributed to the lack of involvement of local businesses in the phase of the process leading up to the actual event.
The Netherlands has hosted many recent starts of all three Grand Tours, with the Tour de France Grand Depart in Utrecht in 2015. Utrecht recently announced a bid to host the Vuelta start in 2018 or 2019.
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