Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 11, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Giro d’Italia: Ulissi soloes to victory on stage four, Dumoulin recaptures Maglia Rosa; Pendleton denies Sutton’s claims of support towards her; Team Sky supporting Sergio Henao with anti-doping case; 21 year-old Dutch rider dies after heart attacks; FDJ boss defends Démare amid Milan-San Remo cheating accusations; Geniez fined for Giro dust-up, abandons after second crash; the conflict of starting Grand Tours afar; Garmin shifts to sponsor multiple cycling teams; video: The ultimate show of teamwork; video: Anatomy of a sprint stage

The conflict of starting Grand Tours from afar

by CyclingTips

The Inner Ring asks whether starting a Grand Tour outside the borders of the home country, as the Giro d’Italia did this year with the first three stages in The Netherlands, is right or wrong.




An argument for it is the large amount of spectators that come out for these stages that otherwise have little implication on the final classifications. But as these foreign starts get increasingly popular, the distances are also increasing. An example is the rumor of a Giro start in Washington, D.C. from a few years ago.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Amsterdam was the first foreign grand depart when in 1954 the Tour de France started in the Netherlands. It was sold as a European departure although the Italian team was blocked from starting. Since then there have been all sorts of foreign starts for the Tour and Giro.

The Italian race had timid starts with it’s first foreign start in San Marino, the microstate inside Italy in 1965 and then Monaco the following year. It took until 1997 for the Vuelta to join in with a start in Lisbon and in 2009 the Vuelta began in Assen in the Netherlands. The Giro’s really got into a groove: Amsterdam in 2010, Herning in 2012, Belfast in 2014 and now Apeldoorn in 2016. You can spot the pattern of alternate years starting abroad.

Next year’s start is tipped to be Sardinia with 2018 mooted to be in… Japan, more of which in a moment.

Click through to read more at The Inner Ring.