The Giro d'Italia's 'Big Start' could take place in Essex in years to come, if efforts by the local council are successful.
RCS Sport, the company that runs the Giro, is hoping to mirror the Tour de France's success of moving the opening stages of the race around Europe.
The Grand Depart of the Tour de France took place in Yorkshire in 2014, which was met with huge success with an estimated three million people coming out to see the riders in Yorkshire and between Cambridge and London.
Belfast will host the Giro's Big Start in 2014 before moving to the Gelderland region of the Netherlands in 2016.
Gary Sullivan, the chairman 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."
But confirmation of the talks doesn't indicate that a deal will be done; Sullivan expects the negotiations to go on for some time: “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.”