ONE OF CYCLING’s three prestigious Grand Tours will start in Ireland next year.
As expected, race organisers this morning confirmed that the 2014 Grand Partenza — the race’s first stage — will be hosted by Belfast.
Three stages in total will be held on both sides of the border around May 10-12. The routes take in Belfast, Armagh and Dublin.
“Belfast will provide spectacular backdrops for the 2014 Grand Partenza,” Michele Acquarone, head of the Giro said earlier, “and will add something very special into the history of this great cycling event.”
A Dublin media launch will be held later today. The event is reportedly expected to attract around £10million worth of ‘international media coverage’.
Dubliner Stephen Roche won the race in 1987.
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