Castrovillari, Italy – Despite being used more for the motor racing track than cycle routes, TAG Heuer ambassador Patrick Dempsey, took part today in the 7th stage of the Giro d’Italia, which is celebrating its 100th edition in 2017, with TAG Heuer as its Official Timekeeper.
To mark this occasion, Dempsey sported a replica of a vintage official Giro pink jersey. Leaving from Castrovillari, a small commune in the south of Italy, he rode the first 5k of the course between the start line and the Km 0 marker. He was accompanied by the BMC Racing team riders, and the current holder of the pink jersey, Bob Jungels.
“I’m a huge fan of cycling,” Dempsey said. “For me, the Giro d’Italia is one of the greatest races in the world. I am proud and honored to have the opportunity to ride on the Giro routes, and, what’s more, to be accompanied and coached by the cyclists from BMC Racing Team!”
While suiting up for the race, Dempsey had the opportunity to chat with fellow countryman Tejay van Garderen, a favorite to win the Giro, and Italian national time trial champion, Manuel Quinziato.