Another of cycling’s biggest races will start in Britain next year after organisers announced on Thursday that the Giro d’Italia will be flagged off in Northern Ireland.
The 2014 edition of one of the sport’s three Grand Tour races will begin in Belfast on May 10, kicking off three days of action that will also include a stage finishing in Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland.
Michele Acquarone, head of the Giro and managing director of Italian race organiser RCS Sport, said: “Belfast will provide spectacular backdrops for the 2014 Grand Partenza (Big Start) and will add something very special into the history of this great cycling event.”
Northern Ireland tourism minister Arlene Foster added: “Plans are already in motion to make the occasion a fabulous celebration worthy of Italian cycling traditions and the maglia rosa (pink jersey) itself.”
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