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Old 02-20-13, 23:11
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I think the Irish are going through a major image change. I mean, the old image of Leprechauns, shamrocks, Guinness, horses running through council estates, toothless simpletons, people with eyebrows on their cheeks, badly tarmacced drives in this country, men in platform shoes being arrested for bombings, lots of rocks, and Beamish. I think people are saying yes, there's more to Ireland than this.
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Old 02-21-13, 11:47
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We're excited to announce that Ireland will host the Grande Partenza of Giro d'Italia 2014: Belfast-Belfast, Belfast-Belfast, Armagh-Dublin

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Old 02-21-13, 12:27
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Finish on the summit of Howth Head and that would be nice.
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The Grande Partenza of 2014 edition of the three-week Giro d’Italia will take place in the island of Ireland. From 10 to 13 May 2014 the island will host three days of racing around the cities of Belfast, Dublin and Armagh.
For RCS Sport taking the Grande Partenza of the 2014 Giro d’Italia to Ireland is an ambitious project for many reasons.
Using sport, in particular, cycling, to unite the island, is an idea we find deeply attractive. We recognise that, to do so, logistical perfection will be required on all sides. It will be the first foreign start for any Grand Tour since the implementation of a new UCI regulation prohibiting rest days on three-week Tours until the completion of at least seven days of racing.

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Old 02-21-13, 13:39
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If they feel the need to start the Giro in a run down economic desaster state, why not simply go to southern italy
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If they feel the need to start the Giro in a run down economic desaster state, why not simply go to southern italy
Or spain, or portugal . I don't know.
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Old 02-21-13, 13:55
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Pretty emebarassing if you ask me.
With all that talk of the Giro officials to do a start in Washington, New York or something like that. And now they end up in Dublin/Belfast. Oh boy
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Pretty emebarassing if you ask me.
With all that talk of the Giro officials to do a start in Washington, New York or something like that. And now they end up in Dublin/Belfast. Oh boy
yeah, a prologue around Newark would be great.
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Old 02-21-13, 14:05
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I am from US and Giro does not belong here. Giro does not belong in Ireland either. If UCI want race there create a one week Tour of Ireland and make the teams go there.
If I want to see a GT I will fly there.
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It will be the first foreign start for any Grand Tour since the implementation of a new UCI regulation prohibiting rest days on three-week Tours until the completion of at least seven days of racing
Sorry, I'm not sure I understand.
This means they will take a flight straight after the third stage and then race the fourth stage the day after?
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