Vegni hopes to entice Geraint Thomas, Egan Bernal to 2020 Giro d'Italia

Mauro Vegni and 2019 Giro d'Italia winner Richard Carapaz (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Giro d'Italia race director Mauro Vegni was happy to hear Peter Sagan confirm that he will ride the 2020 Corsa Rosa but the experienced Italian race organiser knows he faces an uphill battle to attract the likes of Tour de France winners Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas.

While the Tour knows it does not need to offer start fees to secure the presence of big-name riders, Vegni is not afraid to strike financial deals with teams to persuade them to send specific riders. In recent years he has secured the presence of Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin at the Giro, boosting the global profile of the race.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.