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Full race route of 2014 Giro d’Italia launched

7 October 2013

A media launch took place today in Milan announcing the full race route of the 2014 Giro d’Italia, the opening stage of which will take place in Northern Ireland.

The Grand Tour cycling race, one of the world’s biggest sporting spectacles, will see riders battle for the coveted ‘Maglia Rosa’. It will begin in Belfast with the Grand Partenza or Big Start in May 2014, with the route taking in iconic locations in Northern Ireland, including Titanic Belfast, Parliament Buildings, the Giant's Causeway and the Causeway Coastal Route, before moving on to the historic city of Armagh and onwards to Dublin.

Attending the launch, Northern Ireland Tourism Minister Arlene Foster said: “Having hosted this year’s World Police and Fire Games, hailed as the best and friendliest in history, and having held last year’s hugely successful Irish Open golf tournament our reputation for staging world-class sporting events is riding high."

The Minister told the media that her Department and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board will be doing everything possible to make sure the 2014 Grand Partenza is one of the best in the Giro d’Italia’s 104-year history.

“RCS Sport has designed exceptional opening stage routes in Northern Ireland and I am sure they will challenge the riders, entertain the thousands of spectators and showcase our tourism assets to the millions who will watch on TV.

The race is broadcast in approximately 165 countries, reaching some 125 million households and a global audience of about 775 million people.

Image: Pictured outside Milan’s Palazzo del Ghiaccio with Minister Foster is Riccardo Taranto, CEO of RCS Sport.

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