Giro d'Italia Big Start
One of the world's greatest cycling events is coming to Dublin in 2014. The Giro d'Italia will stage it's 'Grande Partenza', the Big Start in Belfast and Dublin on May 10th-12th. Three race days will take place in Ireland with the exact race formats and routes to be confirmed, however day three's race will conclude with a spectacular finish in Dublin city centre.
The Giro d'Italia's arrival in Dublin will be celebrated with a host of special events in the run up to the arrival of over 200 of the world's top professional cyclists. Such is the prestige of the Giro that Bradley Wiggans, 2012 Tour de France champion, has focused on the Giro d'Italia 2013 rather than defending his Tour de France title. There is a strong Irish connection to the Giro with Stephen Roche winning the famous 'Maglia Rosa', the winners' Pink Jersey, in 1987.
First organised in 1909 the Giro is now one of the world's largest sporting events, with 12.5million live spectators along the route over the 3 weeks of the event. Along with the Tour de France and Vuelta d'Espana, the Giro makes up cycling's most prestigious three-week long Grand Tours.
See world cyclings elite athletes in Dublin May 12th 2014 !