The Girod’Italia comes to Northern Ireland


The Girod’Italia event was first held in 1909.It is a long distance road bicycle race held between the professional cyclists. The last Giro event was held in 2012 and was completed in 21 stages, out of which three were in Denmark and involved around 22 teams and more than 200 best cyclists.

The 97thGirod’Italia Grande Partenza is all set to begin in May, 2014 and this time it’s being organized in the island of Ireland. The Girod’Italia will start in Ireland and race for more than 3 days. The first stage will see the time trials whizz around the iconic sights of Belfast and second stage race is around the awesome Causeway Coast and rural Antrim follows before the stage three kicks off in the beautiful city of Armagh. The race will then continue along the east coast’s County Louth and finally, finishes its Ireland visit in the heart of Dublin city.

There are more than 200 riders participating in this event along with coaches, masseurs, managers, and other supported staff. This will be a huge event and will be captured by media and will also, be telecasted on television. The atmosphere will be very lively and there will be huge fans cheering for their cyclist. The event is viewed all around the world by around 800 million. All the fans will be enthusiastic and will be praying for their best cyclist to win.

Last year in 2013, Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche were number one and two respectively. The combination of Dan Martin’s historic Liege-Bastogne-Liege win in April and a world title tag for the Northern Ireland rider Martyn Irvine in February, and with the upcoming event in 2014, 2013 was one memorable year. It is not sure how many cyclists will be there for Giro start line; however Martin, Roche and Philip Deignan have confirmed their spot for Grand Partenza in Belfast on 9-11 May.

Martin has just revealed that if allgoes well and according to plan, he will be Garmin Sharp’s team leader, however Deignan has more importantly signed for Britain’s Team Sky. Nicolas Roche gave an impressive show in VueltaaEspana and he is ready for that role again in his home town.

The competition will be really tough as the island’s cyclist compete on their home ground as Vincenzo Nibali the defending champion and Tifosi are hoping to achieve a double. Other cyclist like Cadel Evans who won the 2011 Tour de France is now ready and targeting the Giro and Team Sky’s Richie Porte has also confirmed that he will take part in this Giro and is eyeing the overall title at the Girod’Italia 2014.


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