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Video: The 2014 Giro d'Italia in Ireland

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Cycling News
Published:
February 25, 2013, 10:57,
Updated:
February 25, 2013, 10:56
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, February 25, 2013
Cycling legend Sean Kelly at the start in Taunton

Cycling legend Sean Kelly at the start in Taunton

  • Cycling legend Sean Kelly at the start in Taunton
  • Former Tour and Giro winner Stephen Roche is looking to implement changes in cycling

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Acquarone, Roche and Kelly speak on Giro start 2014

The Giro d'Italia will start in Ireland in 2014, it was announced last week. “We love to bring the atmosphere and the life of the Giro into other countries for a couple of days,” said race organizer Michele Acquarone.

In this video, he said, “It's a big challenge on the logistic point of view as it is more than 2000 km from Italy and we will have to rest day.  We have to ride here in Ireland on Monday and on Tuesday be back in Italy but we will do it.”

Two former Irish cycling stars also applauded the decision. “These are international events and it is nice to share them with countries that have cyclists making history,” said Stephen Roche, who won the Giro in 1987.

Sean Kelly never rode the Giro, but knows that “this is great for cycling, great to have a race like the Giro here.”

Evan Shaw More than 1 year ago
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mrsix1 More than 1 year ago
Pro cycling is a funny ol' sport; the more it changes the more it stays the same. The last time a Grand Tour visited Ireland was 1998; Kimmage was on the radio calling it a pharmaceutical circus and McQuaid was saying how good is was for the internationalization of cycling. Car loads of drugs were found and an Italian won. Next year a Texan won and the biggest Grand Tor was supposedly reborn with a cancer survivor as the new poster boy. 15 years later he's banned for life and the Giro visits Dublin with a lanky Brit was the new poster boy - the wheel has come full circle.
allypee57 More than 1 year ago
Well they can all just down ten pints of the dark stuff at the start, and that should balance out any drugs. Great for the country, and time to get kids out racing up and down the country and away from the telly. Lets get behind the event. If it is as well thought out as the Titanic centre, then the benifits to the economy are in for a much welcome boost.