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For the first time ever, the Giro d’Italia will cross British and Irish soil this weekend. Starting on Friday with the customary prologue, the race will spend two days in Belfast before sweeping south from Armargh to Dublin on Sunday. On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll will be showing our support of Team Sky from our stand at the Irish Cycling Show at Merrion Square, Dublin.
The first Grand Tour of the year signals a change of seasons on cycling’s calendar – it’s time to turn our attention from the hectic, one-day explosions of the Spring Classics and to focus on the unfolding dramas and nuances of a three-week race.
It used to be that the Giro was considered a big pasta party, but no longer – its most recent editions have been as monumental as any race in the world. For this year’s edition, Team Sky are taking a young squad on the hunt for stage wins, with Irishman Philip Deignan looking to do something special on home soil.
Before Sunday’s stage reaches Dublin, we’ll be hosting a two-hour ride from our stand at the Irish Cycling Show. Starting with coffee and croissants at 9am, the ‘no-drop’ ride will be back in Dublin in time to catch the see the race’s publicity caravan and stage finish.
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Saturday 10th May
Irish Cycling Show opens. Watch the racing on the Rapha stand. (www.irishcyclingshow.com)
Sunday 11th May
On Sunday morning we’ll be meeting at our stand for coffee and croissants before local rider and friend, Colly, guides us on a steady ride, returning to the stand in time to watch the racing and greet the peloton.