On Thursday, 7th May, a small observer group from the Tour de Ski team led by FIS Cross-Country Race Director Jürg Capol visited the official Giro d'Italia presentation in Venice (ITA) in order to gain new impulses for the upcoming edition of the Tour de Ski. The participating teams of the centennial Giro d'Italia were presented to a large on-site crowd as well as live to RAI TV viewers from the famous Piazza San Marco. After this spectacle the group, which also included representatives of the Tour venue in Val di Fiemme, had a chance to inspect the Giro facilities, attend a Press Conference and meet with Giro Director Angelo Zomegnan and his staff.
"The Giro exists since 1909 and is surely one of the most popular sports events in Europe. The Tour de Ski, which is fundamentally a similar kind of competition series, can learn a lot from such successful events," explained Capol. "The Tour is still a young event and we have much to do to develop the Tour, we can learn from other sports and events about how they are doing it. The visit at the Giro was very fruitful for all of us and gave birth to some new ideas in our minds."
Contributed by Sandra Spitz