Friday start in Belfast for 2014 Giro d'Italia as race brought forward a day

Dates change to accommodate extra rest day for transfer from Ireland to Italy

by Simon_MacMichael   September 25, 2013  

Giro Finish (copyright Simon MacMichael)

Giro d’Italia organisers RCS Sport have confirmed that next year’s race will start in Belfast on Friday 9 and not Saturday 10 May, to allow a third rest day to be accommodated within the race when it leaves Ireland to return to Italy.

The request for an extra rest day, which will be on Monday 12 May – the day after Stage 3 of the race finishes in Dublin – was authorised by the UCI and has also been ratified by the professional teams association, the AIGCP.

The opening two stages of the 2014 Giro will both start and finish in Belfast, followed by a stage that begins in Armagh, also in Northern Ireland, crossing the border to head towards the Republic of Ireland’s capital.

The race will resume in Italy on Tuesday 13 May, with the full route due to be unveiled in Milan on Monday 7 October.

Northern Ireland’s tourism minister, Arlene Foster, commented: “I have been advised of the earlier start date for the Giro d’Italia in Belfast, which moves forward by one day to the 9th May, and am confident that this will not cause any difficulties.

“My department and I, along with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, are working in partnership with the race organisers to ensure a smooth roll out of the operation on the ground in Northern Ireland.

“Everyone in Northern Ireland is looking forward to welcoming this hugely exciting competition to our shores next year and to embracing the passion, colour and atmosphere that comes with the Grande Partenza.”

The visit of the Giro d’Italia to Ireland – the first time it will have started outside continental Europe – is being organised by Dublin-based Shadetree Sports, co-founded by Darach McQuaid, the younger brother of UCI president, Pat McQuaid, who seeks re-election on Friday.

He acknowledged that while bringing he first stage forward by a day might cause some issues, the extra rest day would be beneficial, saying: "As the local organisers for the 2014 Big Start, Shadetree Sports welcomes the announcement of the new dates for the 2014 Giro d'Italia, which shows the sport, and its stakeholders, are taking the riders and teams welfare into account, especially when organising a project such as a foreign start of a Grand Tour.

“On the front end it will pose some new logistical challenges for the opening stage in Belfast on the Friday and on the back end, it will make the evacuation to Italy on Monday 12th May, a much calmer operation. In terms of the riders and their well being, it is especially welcome."

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So looking forward to this but why no route details published yet and what about the obligatory sporteef?

posted by kitkat [270 posts]
25th September 2013 - 19:55

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Will the Giro be taking its traditional route through Belfast

posted by pornflakes [5 posts]
26th September 2013 - 0:17

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pornflakes wrote:
Will the Giro be taking its traditional route through Belfast

Luckily it seems like there is no chance the orange men will turn up.

http://road.cc/content/news/94544-updated-fernando-alonso-deal-save-eusk...


I am stronger than Mensa, Miller and Mailer, I spat out Plath and Pinter.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1641 posts]
26th September 2013 - 0:43

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pornflakes wrote:
Will the Giro be taking its traditional route through Belfast

Still waiting for the parades commission to make a decision on this

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posted by giff77 [1117 posts]
26th September 2013 - 7:13

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Well played!

posted by pornflakes [5 posts]
26th September 2013 - 9:12

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kitkat wrote:
So looking forward to this but why no route details published yet and what about the obligatory sporteef?

There is a site for the start:

http://www.girostart2014.com/

The full details are due to be announced at their presentation in the next few weeks.

posted by farrell [1786 posts]
26th September 2013 - 10:56

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i actually start bouncing up and down in my seat when i read this stuff - i cannot wait Big Grin

posted by bfslxo [148 posts]
27th September 2013 - 11:27

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bfslxo wrote:
i actually start bouncing up and down in my seat when i read this stuff - i cannot wait Big Grin

I'm getting giddy about next year.

Thursday night ride Manchester to Liverpool (or Birkenhead) and get the ferry to Belfast.

Arrive in Belfast Friday morning, watch some racing and then ride down to Dublin. Ferry back over to Holyhead and then home to Manchester.

That's the rough plan anyway!

posted by farrell [1786 posts]
27th September 2013 - 12:30

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