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Members of the  Titanic Cycling Club prepared for the Gran Fondo 2015. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Members of the Titanic Cycling Club prepared for the Gran Fondo 2015. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Telegraph man Colin O'Carroll at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Telegraph man Colin O'Carroll at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Gran Fondo winners celebrate. Pic: Kevin Scott / Presseye

Gran Fondo winners celebrate. Pic: Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Lakeside Wheelers from Mullingar.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Lakeside Wheelers from Mullingar. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Brian Flynn from Waterford.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
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Brian Flynn from Waterford. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Sarah, Adele and Matthew Davidson from Newtownabbey.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Sarah, Adele and Matthew Davidson from Newtownabbey. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Duncan Campbell of the Titanic Cycling Club.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
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Duncan Campbell of the Titanic Cycling Club. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Patrick Murphy from Waterford.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Patrick Murphy from Waterford. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Gran Fondo winners on the podium. Pic: Kevin Scott/Presseye.

Gran Fondo winners on the podium. Pic: Kevin Scott/Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Misia Rookigues and Gerard Magill.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Misia Rookigues and Gerard Magill. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Mark Kane winner of the Grand Fondo.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Mark Kane winner of the Grand Fondo. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Stuart Millar from Newtownards and Lydia Murphy from Saintfield.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Stuart Millar from Newtownards and Lydia Murphy from Saintfield. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Hand and hand in the rain across the line.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Hand and hand in the rain across the line. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Joe McAuley from Newtownabbey.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Joe McAuley from Newtownabbey. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Rev John  Dickinson from Carnmoney Presbyterian Church.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
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Rev John Dickinson from Carnmoney Presbyterian Church. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Jessica (8), Tom and Finley (3) Faulks from Lisburn.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
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Jessica (8), Tom and Finley (3) Faulks from Lisburn. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Ryan Kane (6).
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Ryan Kane (6). Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Patrick O'Reilly and Johnny McBrien from Lisnaskea.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Patrick O'Reilly and Johnny McBrien from Lisnaskea. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk        21-6-2015
Three generations of the Kane Cycles family celebrate Marke Kanes win at the end of the Giro dItalia Gran Fondo at the Titanic slipway finishing line this afternoon.  Winner Mark Kane on right with his father Dave nephew Ryan and brother Paul ,(left) who finished second behind his brother.

Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 21-6-2015 Three generations of the Kane Cycles family celebrate Marke Kanes win at the end of the Giro dItalia Gran Fondo at the Titanic slipway finishing line this afternoon. Winner Mark Kane on right with his father Dave nephew Ryan and brother Paul ,(left) who finished second behind his brother.

Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk        21-6-2015
Winner Mark Kane explains how he was injured with cuts on his arms and legs after coming off in a collision with a police motorbike escort near the end of the Giro dItalia Gran Fondo at the Titanic slipway finishing line this afternoon.

Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 21-6-2015 Winner Mark Kane explains how he was injured with cuts on his arms and legs after coming off in a collision with a police motorbike escort near the end of the Giro dItalia Gran Fondo at the Titanic slipway finishing line this afternoon.

Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk        21-6-2015
Winner Mark Kane with cuts on his arms and legs after coming off in a collission with a police escort motor cycle near the end of the Giro dItalia Gran Fondo at the Titanic slipway finishing line this afternoon.

Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 21-6-2015 Winner Mark Kane with cuts on his arms and legs after coming off in a collission with a police escort motor cycle near the end of the Giro dItalia Gran Fondo at the Titanic slipway finishing line this afternoon.

Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk        21-6-2015
Mark Kane wins the Mournes Run of the Giro dItalia Gran Fondo at the Titanic slipway finishing line this afternoon.

Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 21-6-2015 Mark Kane wins the Mournes Run of the Giro dItalia Gran Fondo at the Titanic slipway finishing line this afternoon.

Joelene Browning from Lisburn.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Joelene Browning from Lisburn. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland 

Pictured is Winner Mark Kane during the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia

Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland Pictured is Winner Mark Kane during the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015
Presseye Delan Roughan

The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015 Presseye Delan Roughan The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015
Presseye Delan Roughan

The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015 Presseye Delan Roughan The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015
Presseye Delan Roughan

The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015 Presseye Delan Roughan The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015
Presseye Delan Roughan

The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015 Presseye Delan Roughan The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015
Presseye Delan Roughan

The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015 Presseye Delan Roughan The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015
Presseye Delan Roughan

The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015 Presseye Delan Roughan The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015
Presseye Delan Roughan

The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015 Presseye Delan Roughan The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015
Presseye Delan Roughan

The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015 Presseye Delan Roughan The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015
Presseye Delan Roughan

Stephen Roche at the start line.

The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015 Presseye Delan Roughan Stephen Roche at the start line. The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015
Presseye Delan Roughan

The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015 Presseye Delan Roughan The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland 

Pictured is the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge  

Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland Pictured is the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

PACEMAKER BELFAST  21/06/2015
Gran Fondo Giro 
The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland makes it's way back to the Titanic Quarter.
Photo Aidan O'Reilly/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 21/06/2015 Gran Fondo Giro The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland makes it's way back to the Titanic Quarter. Photo Aidan O'Reilly/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST  21/06/2015
Gran Fondo Giro 
The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland makes it's way back to the Titanic Quarter.
Photo Aidan O'Reilly/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 21/06/2015 Gran Fondo Giro The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland makes it's way back to the Titanic Quarter. Photo Aidan O'Reilly/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST  21/06/2015
Gran Fondo Giro 
The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland makes it's way back to the Titanic Quarter.
Photo Aidan O'Reilly/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 21/06/2015 Gran Fondo Giro The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland makes it's way back to the Titanic Quarter. Photo Aidan O'Reilly/Pacemaker Press

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015
Presseye Delan Roughan

The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015 Presseye Delan Roughan The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland 

Pictured is Paul Kane as he crosses the line at Titianic Quarter in Belfast during the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia

Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland Pictured is Paul Kane as he crosses the line at Titianic Quarter in Belfast during the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland 

Pictured is Winner Mark Kane as he crosses the line at Titianic Quarter in Belfast during the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia

Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland Pictured is Winner Mark Kane as he crosses the line at Titianic Quarter in Belfast during the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland 

Pictured is the race leader of the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge  

Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland Pictured is the race leader of the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland 

Pictured is the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge  

Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland Pictured is the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland 

Pictured is the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge  

Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland Pictured is the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland 

Pictured is the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge  

Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland Pictured is the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland 

Pictured is the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge  

Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland Pictured is the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland 

Pictured is the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge  

Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland Pictured is the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland 

Pictured is Winner Mark Kane during the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia

Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland Pictured is Winner Mark Kane during the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland 

Pictured is Winner Mark Kane during the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia

Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland Pictured is Winner Mark Kane during the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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First three finishers in the Strangford Route Keith Murphy (2nd), Chris McKeown (Winner) and Paul Mikugis (3rd). Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

First three finishers in the Strangford Route Keith Murphy (2nd), Chris McKeown (Winner) and Paul Mikugis (3rd). Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Winner Mark Kane as he crosses the line at Titianic Quarter in Belfast during the Gran Fondo. Pic: Kevin Scott/Presseye.

Winner Mark Kane as he crosses the line at Titianic Quarter in Belfast during the Gran Fondo. Pic: Kevin Scott/Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Winner Mark Kane as he crosses the line at Titianic Quarter in Belfast during the Gran Fondo. Pic: Kevin Scott/Presseye.

Winner Mark Kane as he crosses the line at Titianic Quarter in Belfast during the Gran Fondo. Pic: Kevin Scott/Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Winner Mark Kane as he crosses the line at Titianic Quarter in Belfast during the Gran Fondo. Pic: Kevin Scott/Presseye.

Winner Mark Kane as he crosses the line at Titianic Quarter in Belfast during the Gran Fondo. Pic: Kevin Scott/Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Chris McKeown winner of the Strangford Route of the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Chris McKeown winner of the Strangford Route of the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Keith Murphy, who suffers from leukaemia, finished second in the Strangford Route of the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Keith Murphy, who suffers from leukaemia, finished second in the Strangford Route of the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Joelene Browning from Lisburn at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Joelene Browning from Lisburn at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Jessica (8), Tom and Finley (3) Faulks from Lisburn at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Jessica (8), Tom and Finley (3) Faulks from Lisburn at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Gordon McKay at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Gordon McKay at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Joe McAuley from Newtownabbey at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Joe McAuley from Newtownabbey at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Alex McGreevy at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Alex McGreevy at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Cathir Doyle (13) from Magherafelt, winner of the NI Tourist Board race in the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Cathir Doyle (13) from Magherafelt, winner of the NI Tourist Board race in the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Belfast Telegraph's Riona O'Kane and Lee Taylor at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Belfast Telegraph's Riona O'Kane and Lee Taylor at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Trudy Brown from Belfast saddles up for the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Trudy Brown from Belfast saddles up for the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Teresa Ramdi from Italy and Isabella Romoli from Dublin with the Giro DItalia trophy at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Teresa Ramdi from Italy and Isabella Romoli from Dublin with the Giro DItalia trophy at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Charlie Stewart (5) from Ballynure at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Charlie Stewart (5) from Ballynure at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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East Belfast MLA Sammy Douglas at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

East Belfast MLA Sammy Douglas at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Taveling in tamdem at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Taveling in tamdem at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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At the start of the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

At the start of the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Read for the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Read for the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Thumbs up for the Mourne Route start at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Thumbs up for the Mourne Route start at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Patrick O'Reilly and Johnny McBrien from Lisnaskea take a breather after the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Patrick O'Reilly and Johnny McBrien from Lisnaskea take a breather after the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Mary McCreesh and Grainne King from Co Fermannagh with their medals from the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Mary McCreesh and Grainne King from Co Fermannagh with their medals from the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Ryan Kane (6) at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Ryan Kane (6) at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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John McKeag (93) who worked as a welder at Harland and Wolff at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

John McKeag (93) who worked as a welder at Harland and Wolff at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Hand and hand in the rain across the line at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Hand and hand in the rain across the line at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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John McKeag (93) and his brother Milton McKeag (88) at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

John McKeag (93) and his brother Milton McKeag (88) at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Mark Kane winner of the Grand Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Mark Kane winner of the Grand Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Riders taking a corner during the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Riders taking a corner during the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Omagh Wheelers at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Omagh Wheelers at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Keeping in touch during the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Keeping in touch during the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Gale Sergeant and Boris from Newtownabbey enjoying the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Gale Sergeant and Boris from Newtownabbey enjoying the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Starting off at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Starting off at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Off the line at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Off the line at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Gearing up for the start of the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Gearing up for the start of the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Richie Port and Stephen Roche at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Richie Port and Stephen Roche at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Stephen Roche moves to the start beside Richie Port at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Stephen Roche moves to the start beside Richie Port at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Whiterock Wheelers checking the brakes ahead of the off at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Whiterock Wheelers checking the brakes ahead of the off at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Miaread McGurk and Samanatha Convery of Carn Cycle Club at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Miaread McGurk and Samanatha Convery of Carn Cycle Club at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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David Maguire all the way from Sydney Australia at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

David Maguire all the way from Sydney Australia at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Denise Todd from Banbridge at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Denise Todd from Banbridge at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Mambers of the Dave Kane Cycle Club ahead of the start of the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Mambers of the Dave Kane Cycle Club ahead of the start of the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Checking the figures at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Checking the figures at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Orla Wright, Elaine O'Boyle and Rosemary O'Kane fro the Glenns Cycling Club at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Orla Wright, Elaine O'Boyle and Rosemary O'Kane fro the Glenns Cycling Club at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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The Gran Fondo gets underway at the Titanic slipway in Belfast. Presseye/Delan Roughan.

The Gran Fondo gets underway at the Titanic slipway in Belfast. Presseye/Delan Roughan.

The Gran Fondo gets underway at the Titanic slipway in Belfast. Presseye/Delan Roughan.

The Gran Fondo gets underway at the Titanic slipway in Belfast. Presseye/Delan Roughan.

The Gran Fondo gets underway at the Titanic slipway in Belfast. Presseye/Delan Roughan.

The Gran Fondo gets underway at the Titanic slipway in Belfast. Presseye/Delan Roughan.

The Gran Fondo gets underway at the Titanic slipway in Belfast. Presseye/Delan Roughan.

The Gran Fondo gets underway at the Titanic slipway in Belfast. Presseye/Delan Roughan.

Buildup to the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Buildup to the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Buildup to the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. 
Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Buildup to the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Buildup to the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Buildup to the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Buildup to the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Buildup to the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia gets underway at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia gets underway at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia heads out of the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia heads out of the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia begins at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia begins at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia heads out of the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia heads out of the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

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Members of the Titanic Cycling Club prepared for the Gran Fondo 2015. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

The eyes and ears of every cyclist were glued to the weather forecast as we all counted down to the start of the Giro d'Italia Gran Fondo.

Pink fever had started to take hold of Northern Ireland again and as I did my final training runs last week I saw pink bicycles and flags starting to appear.

This was the first big outing for Titanic Quarter Cycling Club as a club, as we only started last year.

This allows us to have a pink band on our riding gear as part of the Giro legacy and we were also the host club for the event.

It meant we got to lead off at the start along with Giro, Tour de France and World Champion legend Stephen Roche and current Aussie cycling sensation Richie Porte from Team Sky.

The Titanic slipways were awash with colour as bike nuts from everywhere descended for what for many of us was the pinnacle of our sporting participation.

As the countdown began, I inched right up to the timing ramp and was off like a shot to the first bend - I wanted to be able to say that I led the Gran Fondo in front of two cycling heroes, even if it was for just 100 metres.

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Soon enough the pace picked up and I found myself dropping back in the peloton, but the real joy was having closed roads - no cars to look out for, and no traffic lights so you could settle in to your pace and enjoy the ride.

The public again put on a display to warm the heart.

It was a real boost when you were climbing a tough hill and someone shouted to you to "keep going, keep pushing, you're nearly there".

The descent back into Belfast down Bree Hill was fantastic. My speedometer recorded 41mph coming down and I think I coasted all the way to the Newtownards Road.

I had a big smile as I picked up my Giro medal which will make all my cycle buddies back home in Australia pink with jealousy.

Bring on next year.

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Members of the  Titanic Cycling Club prepared for the Gran Fondo 2015. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Members of the Titanic Cycling Club prepared for the Gran Fondo 2015. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Telegraph man Colin O'Carroll at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Telegraph man Colin O'Carroll at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Gran Fondo winners celebrate. Pic: Kevin Scott / Presseye

Gran Fondo winners celebrate. Pic: Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Lakeside Wheelers from Mullingar.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Lakeside Wheelers from Mullingar. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Brian Flynn from Waterford.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Brian Flynn from Waterford. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Sarah, Adele and Matthew Davidson from Newtownabbey.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Sarah, Adele and Matthew Davidson from Newtownabbey. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Duncan Campbell of the Titanic Cycling Club.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Duncan Campbell of the Titanic Cycling Club. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Patrick Murphy from Waterford.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Patrick Murphy from Waterford. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Gran Fondo winners on the podium. Pic: Kevin Scott/Presseye.

Gran Fondo winners on the podium. Pic: Kevin Scott/Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Misia Rookigues and Gerard Magill.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Misia Rookigues and Gerard Magill. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Mark Kane winner of the Grand Fondo.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Mark Kane winner of the Grand Fondo. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Stuart Millar from Newtownards and Lydia Murphy from Saintfield.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Stuart Millar from Newtownards and Lydia Murphy from Saintfield. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Hand and hand in the rain across the line.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Hand and hand in the rain across the line. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Joe McAuley from Newtownabbey.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Joe McAuley from Newtownabbey. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Rev John  Dickinson from Carnmoney Presbyterian Church.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Rev John Dickinson from Carnmoney Presbyterian Church. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Jessica (8), Tom and Finley (3) Faulks from Lisburn.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Jessica (8), Tom and Finley (3) Faulks from Lisburn. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Ryan Kane (6).
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Ryan Kane (6). Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Patrick O'Reilly and Johnny McBrien from Lisnaskea.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Patrick O'Reilly and Johnny McBrien from Lisnaskea. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk        21-6-2015
Three generations of the Kane Cycles family celebrate Marke Kanes win at the end of the Giro dItalia Gran Fondo at the Titanic slipway finishing line this afternoon.  Winner Mark Kane on right with his father Dave nephew Ryan and brother Paul ,(left) who finished second behind his brother.

Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 21-6-2015 Three generations of the Kane Cycles family celebrate Marke Kanes win at the end of the Giro dItalia Gran Fondo at the Titanic slipway finishing line this afternoon. Winner Mark Kane on right with his father Dave nephew Ryan and brother Paul ,(left) who finished second behind his brother.

Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk        21-6-2015
Winner Mark Kane explains how he was injured with cuts on his arms and legs after coming off in a collision with a police motorbike escort near the end of the Giro dItalia Gran Fondo at the Titanic slipway finishing line this afternoon.

Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 21-6-2015 Winner Mark Kane explains how he was injured with cuts on his arms and legs after coming off in a collision with a police motorbike escort near the end of the Giro dItalia Gran Fondo at the Titanic slipway finishing line this afternoon.

Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk        21-6-2015
Winner Mark Kane with cuts on his arms and legs after coming off in a collission with a police escort motor cycle near the end of the Giro dItalia Gran Fondo at the Titanic slipway finishing line this afternoon.

Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 21-6-2015 Winner Mark Kane with cuts on his arms and legs after coming off in a collission with a police escort motor cycle near the end of the Giro dItalia Gran Fondo at the Titanic slipway finishing line this afternoon.

Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk        21-6-2015
Mark Kane wins the Mournes Run of the Giro dItalia Gran Fondo at the Titanic slipway finishing line this afternoon.

Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 21-6-2015 Mark Kane wins the Mournes Run of the Giro dItalia Gran Fondo at the Titanic slipway finishing line this afternoon.

Joelene Browning from Lisburn.
Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Joelene Browning from Lisburn. Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland 

Pictured is Winner Mark Kane during the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia

Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland Pictured is Winner Mark Kane during the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015
Presseye Delan Roughan

The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015 Presseye Delan Roughan The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015
Presseye Delan Roughan

The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015 Presseye Delan Roughan The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015
Presseye Delan Roughan

The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015 Presseye Delan Roughan The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015
Presseye Delan Roughan

The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015 Presseye Delan Roughan The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015
Presseye Delan Roughan

The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015 Presseye Delan Roughan The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015
Presseye Delan Roughan

The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015 Presseye Delan Roughan The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015
Presseye Delan Roughan

The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015 Presseye Delan Roughan The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015
Presseye Delan Roughan

The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015 Presseye Delan Roughan The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015
Presseye Delan Roughan

Stephen Roche at the start line.

The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015 Presseye Delan Roughan Stephen Roche at the start line. The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015
Presseye Delan Roughan

The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015 Presseye Delan Roughan The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland 

Pictured is the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge  

Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland Pictured is the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

PACEMAKER BELFAST  21/06/2015
Gran Fondo Giro 
The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland makes it's way back to the Titanic Quarter.
Photo Aidan O'Reilly/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 21/06/2015 Gran Fondo Giro The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland makes it's way back to the Titanic Quarter. Photo Aidan O'Reilly/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST  21/06/2015
Gran Fondo Giro 
The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland makes it's way back to the Titanic Quarter.
Photo Aidan O'Reilly/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 21/06/2015 Gran Fondo Giro The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland makes it's way back to the Titanic Quarter. Photo Aidan O'Reilly/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST  21/06/2015
Gran Fondo Giro 
The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland makes it's way back to the Titanic Quarter.
Photo Aidan O'Reilly/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 21/06/2015 Gran Fondo Giro The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland makes it's way back to the Titanic Quarter. Photo Aidan O'Reilly/Pacemaker Press

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015
Presseye Delan Roughan

The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland - Titanic Belfast - 21 June 2015 Presseye Delan Roughan The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland gets underway from the titanic slipway in Belfast. Some 3,000 riders headed off on either the Strangford route or the Mourne route.

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland 

Pictured is Paul Kane as he crosses the line at Titianic Quarter in Belfast during the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia

Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland Pictured is Paul Kane as he crosses the line at Titianic Quarter in Belfast during the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland 

Pictured is Winner Mark Kane as he crosses the line at Titianic Quarter in Belfast during the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia

Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland Pictured is Winner Mark Kane as he crosses the line at Titianic Quarter in Belfast during the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland 

Pictured is the race leader of the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge  

Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland Pictured is the race leader of the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland 

Pictured is the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge  

Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland Pictured is the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland 

Pictured is the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge  

Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland Pictured is the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland 

Pictured is the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge  

Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland Pictured is the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland 

Pictured is the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge  

Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland Pictured is the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland 

Pictured is the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge  

Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland Pictured is the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it Passes through the Dromara Road close to Ballyroney in Banbridge Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland 

Pictured is Winner Mark Kane during the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia

Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland Pictured is Winner Mark Kane during the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland 

Pictured is Winner Mark Kane during the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia

Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2015 - Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland Pictured is Winner Mark Kane during the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland
Sunday 21st June 2015
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Gran Fondo Giro DItalia Northern Ireland Sunday 21st June 2015 Titanic Quarter Belfast Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

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First three finishers in the Strangford Route Keith Murphy (2nd), Chris McKeown (Winner) and Paul Mikugis (3rd). Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

First three finishers in the Strangford Route Keith Murphy (2nd), Chris McKeown (Winner) and Paul Mikugis (3rd). Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Winner Mark Kane as he crosses the line at Titianic Quarter in Belfast during the Gran Fondo. Pic: Kevin Scott/Presseye.

Winner Mark Kane as he crosses the line at Titianic Quarter in Belfast during the Gran Fondo. Pic: Kevin Scott/Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Winner Mark Kane as he crosses the line at Titianic Quarter in Belfast during the Gran Fondo. Pic: Kevin Scott/Presseye.

Winner Mark Kane as he crosses the line at Titianic Quarter in Belfast during the Gran Fondo. Pic: Kevin Scott/Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Winner Mark Kane as he crosses the line at Titianic Quarter in Belfast during the Gran Fondo. Pic: Kevin Scott/Presseye.

Winner Mark Kane as he crosses the line at Titianic Quarter in Belfast during the Gran Fondo. Pic: Kevin Scott/Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Chris McKeown winner of the Strangford Route of the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Chris McKeown winner of the Strangford Route of the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Keith Murphy, who suffers from leukaemia, finished second in the Strangford Route of the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Keith Murphy, who suffers from leukaemia, finished second in the Strangford Route of the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Joelene Browning from Lisburn at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Joelene Browning from Lisburn at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Jessica (8), Tom and Finley (3) Faulks from Lisburn at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Jessica (8), Tom and Finley (3) Faulks from Lisburn at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Gordon McKay at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Gordon McKay at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Joe McAuley from Newtownabbey at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Joe McAuley from Newtownabbey at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Alex McGreevy at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Alex McGreevy at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Cathir Doyle (13) from Magherafelt, winner of the NI Tourist Board race in the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Cathir Doyle (13) from Magherafelt, winner of the NI Tourist Board race in the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Belfast Telegraph's Riona O'Kane and Lee Taylor at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Belfast Telegraph's Riona O'Kane and Lee Taylor at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Trudy Brown from Belfast saddles up for the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Trudy Brown from Belfast saddles up for the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Teresa Ramdi from Italy and Isabella Romoli from Dublin with the Giro DItalia trophy at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Teresa Ramdi from Italy and Isabella Romoli from Dublin with the Giro DItalia trophy at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Charlie Stewart (5) from Ballynure at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Charlie Stewart (5) from Ballynure at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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East Belfast MLA Sammy Douglas at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

East Belfast MLA Sammy Douglas at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Taveling in tamdem at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Taveling in tamdem at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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At the start of the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

At the start of the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Read for the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Read for the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Thumbs up for the Mourne Route start at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Thumbs up for the Mourne Route start at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Patrick O'Reilly and Johnny McBrien from Lisnaskea take a breather after the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Patrick O'Reilly and Johnny McBrien from Lisnaskea take a breather after the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Mary McCreesh and Grainne King from Co Fermannagh with their medals from the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Mary McCreesh and Grainne King from Co Fermannagh with their medals from the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Ryan Kane (6) at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Ryan Kane (6) at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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John McKeag (93) who worked as a welder at Harland and Wolff at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

John McKeag (93) who worked as a welder at Harland and Wolff at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Hand and hand in the rain across the line at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Hand and hand in the rain across the line at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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John McKeag (93) and his brother Milton McKeag (88) at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

John McKeag (93) and his brother Milton McKeag (88) at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Mark Kane winner of the Grand Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Mark Kane winner of the Grand Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Riders taking a corner during the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Riders taking a corner during the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Omagh Wheelers at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Omagh Wheelers at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Keeping in touch during the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Keeping in touch during the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Gale Sergeant and Boris from Newtownabbey enjoying the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Gale Sergeant and Boris from Newtownabbey enjoying the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Starting off at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Starting off at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Off the line at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Off the line at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Gearing up for the start of the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Gearing up for the start of the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Richie Port and Stephen Roche at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Richie Port and Stephen Roche at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Stephen Roche moves to the start beside Richie Port at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Stephen Roche moves to the start beside Richie Port at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Whiterock Wheelers checking the brakes ahead of the off at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Whiterock Wheelers checking the brakes ahead of the off at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Miaread McGurk and Samanatha Convery of Carn Cycle Club at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Miaread McGurk and Samanatha Convery of Carn Cycle Club at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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David Maguire all the way from Sydney Australia at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

David Maguire all the way from Sydney Australia at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Denise Todd from Banbridge at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Denise Todd from Banbridge at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Mambers of the Dave Kane Cycle Club ahead of the start of the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Mambers of the Dave Kane Cycle Club ahead of the start of the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Checking the figures at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Checking the figures at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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Orla Wright, Elaine O'Boyle and Rosemary O'Kane fro the Glenns Cycling Club at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

Orla Wright, Elaine O'Boyle and Rosemary O'Kane fro the Glenns Cycling Club at the Gran Fondo. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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The Gran Fondo gets underway at the Titanic slipway in Belfast. Presseye/Delan Roughan.

The Gran Fondo gets underway at the Titanic slipway in Belfast. Presseye/Delan Roughan.

The Gran Fondo gets underway at the Titanic slipway in Belfast. Presseye/Delan Roughan.

The Gran Fondo gets underway at the Titanic slipway in Belfast. Presseye/Delan Roughan.

The Gran Fondo gets underway at the Titanic slipway in Belfast. Presseye/Delan Roughan.

The Gran Fondo gets underway at the Titanic slipway in Belfast. Presseye/Delan Roughan.

The Gran Fondo gets underway at the Titanic slipway in Belfast. Presseye/Delan Roughan.

The Gran Fondo gets underway at the Titanic slipway in Belfast. Presseye/Delan Roughan.

Buildup to the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Buildup to the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Buildup to the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. 
Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Buildup to the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Buildup to the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Buildup to the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Buildup to the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Buildup to the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia gets underway at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia gets underway at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia heads out of the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia heads out of the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia begins at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia begins at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia heads out of the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia heads out of the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott /Presseye.

Kevin Scott / Presseye

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Members of the Titanic Cycling Club prepared for the Gran Fondo 2015. Pic: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

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