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They came in droves to Belfast yesterday to see the opening stages of one of the greatest sporting spectacles on Earth.

Thousands of people from Belfast and beyond, plus a host of international visitors, donned their biggest smiles and their best candyfloss-coloured outfits to cheer on the Giro d'Italia cyclists as they began their epic battle for the coveted La Maglia Rosa (pink jersey).

The Grande Partenza – Big Start – in Belfast has been a huge success so far, with the only complaints coming from taxi drivers forced to negotiate road closures.

Cycling fans told the Belfast Telegraph they wouldn't have missed the start of the team time trial in the Titanic Quarter yesterday evening, kicked off by Team Colombia.

The weather was smashing until just after the first riders set off and then, of course, the rain began to fall.

But the party atmosphere continued unabated for locals, tourists, cycle fans and even those who don't know much about cycling but like to have a good time.

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Giro d'Italia interactive route guide

Road closures

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Giro d'Italia graphics

Giro d'Italia route: from Belfast to Trieste

Giro d'Italia route profile: stages 1-10

Giro d'Italia route profile: stages 11-20

Giro d'Italia route map: stages 1-8

Giro d'Italia route map: stages 9-16

Giro d'Italia route map: stages 17-21

Giro d'Italia team colours

Northern Ireland is joining an impressive hall of fame along with Austria, France, Belgium and Greece, who have all held the Big Start. The race lasts for three weeks and the winner of the gruelling event is determined by their total time over the three weeks, rather than the first past the post. During the three days in Ireland, cyclists will be travelling up to an exhausting 60km/hr along the 426.7km and will cycle a total distance of almost 3,450km.

The first Irishman to win the Giro d'Italia was Stephen Roche in 1987 – the same year he won the Tour de France and the World Championship. This is the 11th year the Big Start will be outside of Italy.


97th staging of the event

During its three days in Ireland, cyclists will travel 426.7km.

Over the three weeks, they will cycle almost 3,450km.

A potential audience of 775 million people is expected across 174 countries.

Expected to generate £2.5m for the economy, with some £10m-worth of international media coverage.

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The Giro will pass through the Coleraine Borough on Saturday May 10 from Ballybogey to the Royal Court Hotel and Dunluce Castle, with the first competitors expected from 11.30am.

For more information on events in the Borough of Coleraine, contact Coleraine Borough Council on 7034 7234 or log on to

Further Reading

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Giro d'Italia ticket website suffers meltdown

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City Hall launch for Giro d'Italia

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