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Cycling star Sean Kelly joins Big Italian Bike Ride

BY AMANDA FERGUSON

Irish cycling legend Sean Kelly joined 1,000 enthusiastic amateur riders for a Big Italian Bike Ride ahead of the Giro d'Italia.

Inspired by the imminent 'Grande Partenza' – Big Start – the amateurs took to the roads that the world's top cyclists will be tearing up in a few days.

Northern Ireland is hosting the first three days of the 97th Giro d'Italia race from Friday until next Sunday.

Ahead of Friday's start, Queen's University Belfast will also be embracing the pink theme of the world-famous road race.

A series of public events, including a six-hour Giro-themed spinathon, begins at Queen's at 1pm and a garden party with Italian food and drink, competitions and music starts at 3pm.

Queen's Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tony Gallagher, said: "We look forward to staff, students and visitors taking the opportunity to see first-hand one of the world's most elite and iconic cycling events."

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