News and updates on the 2014 Giro d'Italia
The 2014 Giro begins on Friday 9 May in Belfast with three stages in Ireland as the race takes in the north of the island before moving across to Armagh and then down to Dublin. This will be the 11th foreign start for the UCI World Tour event, in the 97th edition of the race, with Italian Vincenzo Nibali winning the 2013 crown but opting against defending it this month.
The annual stage race will be contested over 21 segments this year (with an unusual three rest days) ending in Trieste on Sunday 1 June, as 207 riders compete over a total distance of 3,449.9km. It is organised and run by Italian media company RCS Sport.