RCS Sport cites road safety, TV viewership, and spectator events as reasons behind its move of Milan-San Remo and Il Lombardia to Sundays
RCS Sport, organizer of the Giro d’Italia, issued a clarification Thursday morning of the date changes of its top two one-day races.
On Wednesday, the UCI announced that it would move Milan-San Remo and the European season-ending Giro di Lombardia — two of cycling’s five monuments — to Sunday dates in 2013. Both races had previously run on Saturdays.
Pointing to the Sunday dates of the Ronde van Vlaanderen, Paris-Roubaix, Amstel Gold Race and Liege-Bastogne-Liege, an RCS statement cited road safety as one reason for the change.
“There is less traffic on Italian roads on Sundays, and so there will be a lower risk of problems and less disruption for local residents along the route,” read the statement.
RCS also pointed to its initiative, due to start in 2014, to host cycling events for spectators in the finish towns of its two premier one-day races, as well as increased television viewership, as further reasons for the move.
In the meantime, RCS Sport has stated that it may add a race between the Tuesday-finishing Tirreno-Adriatico stage race and Milan-San Remo, responding to rider concerns about the now-four-day gap between the two races.
The 2013 Milan-San Remo will take place Sunday, March 17, while the Giro di Lombardia will run Sunday, October 6.