The 96th Giro d'Italia in 2013 had Vicenzo Nibali as the deserved winner and Cadel Evans made a fantastic comeback with his podium place. We are looking forward to the 2014 Giro d'Italia which will start in Ireland. The 97th edition of this iconic cycling race will have its first two stages in and around Belfast. The third stage will be from Armagh to Dublin.
The Italian section route of the Giro will pay tribute to Marco Pantani with three climbs in his honour. It is already 10 years ago that the iconic Italian rider died tragically so the 2014 edition of the Giro will visit Pantani’s favourite training climb, Monte Carpegna, and will also feature summit finishes at the sites of two of his most memorable victories – Oropa and Montecampione.
Good news for us who will travel round to follow the Giro is that the stages which include three time trials, eight finishes for sprinters and nine hilly or mountain stages start close to the previous day’s finish. This means that we can get great daily access without long transfers in between.
Though Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) will not return to defend his pink jersey, instead trying for yellow at the Tour de France, the Giro will see a strong field, counting Rigoberto Uran (OPQS), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha), Cadel Evans (BMC Racing), and Richie Porte (Sky) among the pre-race favorites.
Big Start Ireland
The team presentation of the 2014 Giro will be a public event in the city of Belfast and it will take place on Thursday the 8th of May.
On the first cycling day, which will be the 9th of May 2014, there will be a spectacular 21.7km team time trial round the city of Belfast with a start in the Titanic quarter, passing by Stormont and a finish at Belfast Town Hall. On the 10th of May 2014 the racing will start again in Belfast's Titanic Quarter, beofre heading to the Irish coast and visiting places such as Bushmills and Giants Causeway, before returning to Belfast. The third day 11th May 2014 will start in Armagh at The Mall and it will finish in Dublin city centre.
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There is a rest day before the 2014 Giro d'Italia resumes in Southern Italy, heading northwards thorugh the centre of the country and then onwards to the north west of the country. Here there will be some important stages and linked to the memory of Marco Pantani, including a stage to Oropa, where Pantani won the pink jersey back in 1999, and a stage to Montecampione, scene of another of Pantani's victories.
As the 2014 Giro d'Italia moves through the final week, there is a stage taking in the Gavia and the Stelvio, which was missed in 2013 due to the snow, and the penultimate stage sees a mountain top finsh at Zoncolan, one of the most feared cycling climbs in the World - if the Giro is not won by this point, it will be on this day. The 2014 Giro d'Italia then finshes the following day in Trieste.
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As the second most important stage race in the cycling World, the Giro d'Italia always has a major bearing on who may potentially win the same year's Tour de France and we are very pleased that the 2014 Tour de France will also start in the UK, namely in Yorkshire. Travel packages to the 2014 Tour de France are also available now.
Travel packages for the 2014 Giro d'Italia
The 2014 Giro d'Italia will have its big start in Ireland. Travel packages to the 2014 Giro d'Italia are now available with Sports Tours International - you can book your place by clicking on the travel packages tab at the top of the page or on the green "Book Now" button.