Giro d'Italia - 2014 Giro to begin in Belfast

The 2014 Giro d'Italia is to begin in Belfast.

Giro d'Italia - 2014 Giro to begin in Belfast

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Cycling's season-opening Grand Tour will spend three days in Ireland from May 10-12 next year, with stages based around Belfast, Armagh and Dublin.

"Belfast will provide spectacular backdrops for the 2014 Grand Partenza and will add something very special into the history of this great cycling event," said Giro chief Michele Acquarone.

The 104-year-old race used to begin in Italy every year, but has moved to overseas starts in recent years, and began in Denmark last year.

"Plans are already in motion to make the occasion a fabulous celebration worthy of Italian cycling traditions and the maglia rosa itself," said Northern Ireland Tourism Minister Arlene Foster.

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