The Giro d'Italia Big Start could be heading to the UK in the coming years, as authorities in Essex confirm they've started negotiations to bring the race to these shores.
While negotiations are in the early stages, Active Essex are reportedly working hard to bring sporting events to the county.
Gary Sullivan, Chair of Active Essex, told Heart: "Active Essex are now starting talks with the Giro d'Italia to see if we can get them to come here.
"We have responsibility, and we take it very seriously, to make sure we can bring those world-class sporting events to Essex.
"The time-frame? I don't think I can commit to that as it's likely to be a lengthy negotiation.
"We think we can make a good argument for them to persuade them to come here to enjoy our hospitality and the Essex countryside, so I'm very confident."
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The Giro d'Italia has started outside of Italy on 10 occasions, with San Marino, Monaco, Belgium (twice), Vatican City, Greece, France, Netherlands (twice), Denmark and Northern Ireland all hosting the opening stages.
The news comes days after the Evening Standard reported that London is keen to host the start of the 2017 Tour de France.
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