As reported by VeloNews.com last week, the Angelo Zomegnan era is over at the Giro d’Italia.
Officials from the parent company – RCS Sport – confirmed Tuesday that Zomegnan’s seven-year run as the Italian grand tour’s director is over.
An official communique released Tuesday said that Zomegnan will remain at RCS Sport working on “specific development projects and editorial collaboration with La Gazzetta dello Sport, where he previously worked as journalist.
Sources told VeloNews that back-room wrangling and conflicts with the corporate board spelled the end of Zomegnan’s sometimes autocratic management style of the Italian race.
Under a restructuring, it appears the role of the Giro race director will be diluted.
RCS Sport’s general manager Michele Acquarone will assume “direct responsibility” for cycling events while Mauro Vegni, a former race director at two world championships, will step in as the role of “sport and race management.” Two ex-pros, Stefano Allocchio and Alessandro Giannelli, will work within the cycling branch of the corporate restructuring.
What this will mean for the Giro and RCS Sport’s other cycling properties, such as Milan-San Remo and Tirreno-Adriatico, remains to be seen.
Gone will be Zomegnan’s sometimes combative style, but the race will also lose a charismatic character who single-handedly helped revive the fortunes of the moribund Italian tour.