John McKeag: Retired shipyard worker (93) was the oldest participant in the 58km event

More than 3,200 cyclists took part in the inaugural Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia event in Northern Ireland, and while the professional entrants turned hea(...)

Members of Team Sky leaving the Titanic Belfast  on stage one of last year’s Giro D’Italia. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Thousands of cyclists will follow in the wheeltracks of top professionals when they leave Belfast for the inaugural Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia this week(...)

Marcel Kittel crossing the line in front of Government Buildings in Dublin, to win stage three of the Giro d’Italia on May 11th 2014. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Thousands of amateur cyclists are expected to be pedalling their way across Northern Ireland next June after the North’s enterprise minister Arlene Fo(...)

Stephen Roche, the first Irishman to win the Giro d’Italia, poses for photographs at the finish line of Stage Two of the 2014 Giro  in Belfast. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

Heralding the start of the Giro d’Italia here as a success, two of those involved in the project to host the race on the island of Ireland yesterday s(...)

The main peleton heads up the Wicklow Gap during the three stages of the Tour de France which were held in Ireland in 1998. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Hosting the start of the Giro d’Italia in Ireland recalls the time another of cycling’s three-week Tours began on this island; back in 1998, the Tour (...)

Ireland’s Stephen Roche on his way to winning the Giro d’Italia in 1987

The marketing push ahead of Ireland’s Grande Partenza or “Big Start” to the Giro d’Italia 2014 has begun, and sports marketing firm Shadetree Sports i(...)