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“Reinforcing the point that bike racing isn’t exactly green”: Giro d’Italia organisers criticised for rumoured Rome finale – and 700km transfer

“Reinforcing the point that bike racing isn’t exactly green”: Giro d’Italia organisers criticised for rumoured Rome finale – and 700km transfer

chris_froome_with_giro_ditalia_tropjhy_picture_lapresse.jpg Reports suggest that the final stage of the 2023 Giro will take place in the Italian capital for the first time since 2018 In…

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chris_froome_with_giro_ditalia_tropjhy_picture_lapresse.jpg Reports suggest that the final stage of the 2023 Giro will take place in the Italian capital for the first time since 2018

In a year that climate change protesters twice disrupted the Tour de France, professional cycling’s questionable environmental record is under the microscope more than ever before. However, no one seems to have told RCS Sport, the organisers of the Giro d’Italia, who are reportedly determined to bring their flagship event back to Rome – and are prepared to subject the race’s caravan to a 700km transfer from the Julian Alps in the far north-east of the country to facilitate such a finale.

According to local reports (link is external) , RCS Sport have apparently shelved plans to end the 2023 Giro in Trieste in favour of a final stage in Rome, which last hosted the grand tour in 2018. That particular edition wasn’t without its controversy, however, as rider concerns about the perceived danger of the course prompted a neutralisation of the general classification with seven laps of the city centre circuit remaining.

Nevertheless, it is the 700km transfer to Rome from the rumoured penultimate stage, a mountain time trial on the Monte Santo di Lussari, and the environmental impact of that seemingly unnecessary journey, that has most perturbed the cycling community.

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