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The Tour of Italy 2014 starts from Belfast

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One of the most famous pub streets in the Cathedral Quarter is lined with the Giro rose and bicycles on the walls

Cycling fans are in luck because the big months of the season open in just a few days. The first of the three major laps by stages of the World - although all three are European - will have its starting gun tomorrow, May 9. The fight for the Maglia Rosa del Giro of Italy 2014 begins.

And following the new fashion of these great tests, the place where the first stages of the Giro run will be outside Italian lands. The lucky countries in this case have been Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

It will be in Belfast where the first stage takes place, a 21.7 kms team time trial, to then make a circular tour of Northern Ireland beginning and ending in the capital. It will not be until the third stage when we pass from the North to the South of the two Irlandas. The more than 200 cyclists belonging to 22 different teams They will travel 187 km between Armagh County and my beloved Dublin.

These great laps use these types of strategies for two main reasons: marketing and rewarding the cycling fans of countries in the area.

One of the billboards that have taken the city

And is that in Northern Ireland, cycling is a booming sport.

Only 10 days ago I was able to check the pink fever that has taken over the city With my own eyes

The center of Belfast has ceased to be only green and gray and has been lined with banners, bulletin boards and giant screens that reflect the color pink everywhere. The Big partenza del Giro gives color to the capital.

The number of cycling clubs in Ireland has not stopped growing in the last decade and we could see it experiencing the slope offroad of this sport: the mountain biking.

On our first morning in the city we took a road bike tour in which we visited the most emblematic buildings to end up getting lost in the depths of the impressive building dedicated to the Titanic.

Giving everything on trails 15 km from the city center

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