Giro d’Italia to visit Belfast

February 21, 2013

Posted by
Jane

In May 2014 the focus of the cycling world will be on Ireland and the Giro d’Italia Big Start with three days of pre-race celebrations in Belfast, followed by spectacular opening stages in Northern Ireland before racing from Armagh to Dublin. The Giro d’Italia is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in Italy and along with the Tour de France and Vuelta a España, the Giro makes up cycling’s prestigious, three week-long Grand Tours.

 

Giro d’Italia

First held in 1909, the Giro d’Italia is a long distance road bicycle stage race held for professional cyclists over a three week period in May and June annually. The Giro is hosted primarily in Italy, with a tradition of the start of the race being held outside the country. The Giro is one of the three Grand Tours (the others being the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España), and is part of the UCI World Ranking calendar. It is considered to be second only to the Tour de France in terms of prestige in the cycling world. The Giro is viewed around the world by a potential audience of 800 million, and 12.5 million people attended the Giro in 2011. The 2012 Giro was completed over 21 stages (three of which are in Denmark) and involved 22 teams with over 200 of the world’s best riders taking part. *In 1987 Giro was won by Ireland’s Stephen Roche, who also won the Tour de France and World Cycling Championships in the same year.

Over 200 of the top professional cyclists from across the globe will be in Northern Ireland to take part and there will be a supporting programme of events and activities. After the opening three stages the cyclists will fly from Dublin to continue the race in Italy. For more information go to: www.girostart2014.com/ and you can follow the news @girostart2014

Stay tuned to @discoverni & our blog for more event details & updates! In the mean time you can explore our fantastic tracks and trails here: discovernorthernireland.com/cycling

 

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