When the Giro used gravel climbs a few years ago, the Tour director said he would look into doing the same. Nothing happened. The Tour has floated the idea of starting in Montreal. Nothing happened, and now the Giro will start in D.C. Prudhomme is claiming that the Giro's stage 7 was a response to this year's Tour stage with cobbles. That he would try to claim some credit for the Giro stage means he is aware of that the exciting racing in the Italian race is overshadowing the racing in his own race. How will the Tour respond?