For the few riders not waylaid by illness, visa complications or the Tour of California, the 97th Giro d'Italia gets underway on Friday with a 22km team time trial in Belfast.
From the Guinness dens of Dublin to the ramped staircase that is Monte Zoncolan, the 2014 route has something for everyone - including two unorthodox time trials and some confused homage to the late Marco Pantani.
Our cycling blogger Blazin' Saddles answers the key questions ahead of a race.
Why has this sheep been dyed pink?
Because it lives in Northern Ireland, where there are a lot of sheep, and where the GiroRead More »from Everything you have to know about the 2014 Giro d’Italia