Tinkoff-Saxo’s Nicolas Roche leads the team at the start of their time trial in Stage One of the Giro d’Italia in Belfast. Photograph: Inpho/Presseye/William Cherry

Belfast had partied in pink for hours before the Grande Partenza or Big Start of the 2014 Giro d’Italia. But the celebrations unexpectedly turned into(...)

Riders of Sky Procycling cycle during a practice session before the first stage of the 2014 Giro d’Italia. Photograph: Luca Zennaro/EPA

The Giro d’Italia is underway in Belfast amid large crowds and displays of the race’s emblematic pink everywhere.Thousands turned out for the Grande P(...)

Forget Chianti, pasta or pizza. If you want a taste of Italy over the next few days, it will be found on Irish roads via the opening stages of the Gir(...)

Ireland’s Nicolas Roche of team Tinkoff-Saxo during a press conference of the 2014 Giro d’Italia cycling race at Waterfront Hall in Belfast. Photograph: Luca Zenarro/ EPA

Grey skies over Belfast were doing their best to dim the bright pink of the Giro d’Italia’s Grande Partenza, but a wide-open field promises to light u(...)

Orica Greenedge’s Simon Gerrans sprints to win the third stage of the  Tour de France   from Ajaccio to Calvi on  Corsica. Cannondale  rider Peter Sagan (right) of Slovakia took second place. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Simon Gerrans of Orica GreenEdge won the third stage of the 100th Tour de France in a sprint finish in Calvi as Peter Sagan settled for second for a s(...)