Mauro Vegni: We can’t allow ourselves to make mistakes at the Giro d’Italia

Giro d'Italia race director Mauro Vegni
Giro d'Italia race director Mauro Vegni (Image credit: Getty Images)

As the Giro d’Italia progressed last October, the days were growing shorter and the shadow of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic was growing longer. Even before the pink and gold confetti from the final podium ceremonies had been swept off the cobbles of Piazza Duomo in Milan, tighter coronavirus restrictions were being signed into law in Italy, but the Giro d'Italia had – just – managed to run its course before the shutters were gently lowered across the country.

“When we went to 8 or 9,000 new cases a day in Italy in mid-October, I was a bit concerned, but I was still confident that we could complete the Giro,” race director Mauro Vegni tells Cyclingnews in Turin ahead of the 2021 edition of the race.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.