UAE Cycling Federation Proposes To Host Future Stages Of The Giro D'Italia
Officials from the UAE Cycling Federation "are proposing to host future stages of the Giro d'Italia in Dubai," according to Ashley Hammond of GULF NEWS. A UAE delegation followed the Giro d'Italia in May to pick up organizational tips ahead of the inaugural Dubai Tour next February, "however they returned to Italy last week to propose actually hosting part of the event." UAE CF board member and Dubai Tour Head of Technical & Sport Division Mohammad Al Sabagh said, "This is something we're working on and are going to discuss as part of our strategy with the Giro organisers. We've seen how Northern Ireland and Ireland have organized the opening three stages and that's fabulous." Previous stages of the Giro d'Italia, like the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana, have been held in different countries in recent years as organizers seek new revenue streams, however "Dubai would be the furthest detour to date" (GULF NEWS, 10/17).