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Pupils can win a chance to meet cycling hero Stephen Roche

Primary School children can get involved in the excitement surrounding Giro d'Italia and win the chance to meet the famous former cyclist and previous winner Stephen Roche.

Roche will visit the winning school to talk about his win and advise on how to cycle safely.  The school children will also get the chance to see a professional race bicycle used by the Giro d'italia competitors.

The pupils have to design a Bike Safety poster featuring Freddie Forte - The Northern Ireland Tourist Board's logo.  The poster should focus on safety messages such as the importance of helmets, visibility and other cycling tips. Schools can go to www.irishnews.com for pictures of Freddie to cut out and colour. Posters must be hand-drawn on A4 paper with an entry coupon attached, and the closing date for entries is noon on Wednesday April 23. Schools can also share their Giro images on twitter @irish_news #irishNewsGiro.

Ruth Burns of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board said: "Stephen is passionate about his sport and we hope that by passing on his advice and knowledge to the younger generation here that a future Giro d'italia winner will come from Northern Ireland.

"The Giro d'italia is a not-to be-missed experience and I would urge everyone to come along and enjoy the buzz and excitement of the festivities planned on May 8, 9, 10 and 11." Irish News marketing manager John Brolly said the prize is a "once in a lifetime opportunity".

"It will be one of the most significant sporting events to happen in our country and Stephen will provide the children with a great first-hand insight into the race, what it takes to win and the importance of being active and as well as the need to be safe on their bicycle."

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