Giro in D.C.? How about #TDF in Colorado?

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OK, what else have I missed?

I did not know until this week that people in Washington, D.C., are hoping to host two stages of the 2012 Giro d’Italia – the 21-day stage race that takes place, mostly anyway, in Italia.

That’s Italy, people. The Tour of Italy.

When I first started paying attention to the Tour de France some years ago, I learned that it often strayed outside the borders of France. It has even crossed the Channel to England and Ireland. This year’s start in Rotterdam wasn’t unusual.

But the Giro in D.C.?

It’s about money and/or publicity, no doubt. But what about Truth in Geography?

A few years ago, I watched delayed broadcasts of much of the Giro d’Italia (May), the Tour de France (July) and the Vuelta a España (September). I learned a great deal about Europe and saw some great views of the countryside from helicopter cameras covering those races.

I’m not an expert on this stuff, but I’m pretty sure Washington, D.C., isn’t anywhere near Italy. You can look it up.

Now if the Tour de France had a stage running up through Colorado’s Big Thompson Canyon or to Pike’s Peak or along the Triple Bypass route…

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2 Responses to “Giro in D.C.? How about #TDF in Colorado?”


  1. 1 Frank July 7, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Why not? The 2003 Rose Bowl was in Miami.

  2. 2 art3 July 11, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Colorado was part of the Louisiana Purchase … that’s enough of a connection for me…


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