Giro d'Italia Big Start 2014
May 08 2014 - May 11 2014
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Belfast and Northern Ireland are hosting the Giro d'Italia Big Start (Grande Partenza) from 8 to ...
Belfast and Northern Ireland are hosting the Giro d'Italia Big Start (Grande Partenza) from 8 to 11 May 2014 with three days of unmissable cycling action and a special pre-race event in Belfast on 8th May: Giro Opening - Come Meet the Riders! . This is one of professional cycling's three Grand Tour events - with three routes in Belfast, Armagh and Dublin. Over 200 of the top professional cyclists from across the globe will be in Northern Ireland to take part.
There will be a range of events and activities before and during the races, including a fabulous celebration worthy of Italian cycling traditions and the maglia rosa (the pink jersey).
Giro Opening - Come Meet the Riders! - 8 May
This is your chance to see your cycling idols up close and personal. The nine riders from each of the 22 teams will be presented along with a range of entertainment to celebrate the Big Start in Belfast. This event is free to attend but will be ticketed access. The official ceremony will be held in the grounds of Belfast City Hall on the evening of Thursday 8 May 2014 and will be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Find out more
Stage One - 9 May
Stage One of the Giro D'Italia in Northern Ireland is a team time trial (21.7km) through Belfast, taking the following route - Stage One Map
Titanic BelfastNewtownards RoadStormontQueen's BridgeOrmeau RoadStranmillisBelfast City Hall.Stage Two - 10 May
Stage Two begins and ends in Belfast with a 218km route - Stage Two Map
Titanic QuarterAntrim RoadAntrimBallymenaBushmillsThe Giant's CausewayCushendall LarneWhiteheadCarrickfergusNorth Queen Street, Belfast.
Stage three - 11 May
Stage 3 starts in The Mall, Armagh and finishes in Dublin city centre - Stage Three MapMore information
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