Giro d'Italia organizers talk about 2012 US start: report

Washington DC kick-off very much on the cards

Giro d'Italia race director Angelo Zomegnan met Thursday with Washington mayor Adrian Fenty about possibly starting the cycling classic in the US capital in 2012, the New York Times reported Friday.

Fenty did not strike a firm deal for the annual May affair to open in Washington but the meeting was called a success and Mark Sommers, a lawyer heading the group trying to lure the event, said a tentative deal was reached.

"We can't say it will 100 percent start here but we think that it is very, very possible and we're moving forward to work together," Zomegnan told the Times.

"There are a lot of things that must happen in the next few weeks before we can say it's 100 percent. But I think it looks good."

Sommers said the deal would see the prologue and first stage of the race conducted entirely within the US capital.

Fenty, an avid bicycle rider, received a pink jersey - the maglia rosa - that is typically worn by the Giro leader.

"I believe it would be one of the most fabulous events ever to happen in Washington from an athletic discipline standpoint," said Fenty, whose grandmother is from the suburbs of Rome.

© AFP 2009

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