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(...)

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(...)

Philip Deignan has said that he will target the pink jersey early on in the Giro d’Italia, but he believes it might take him a little longer to reach (...)

Nicolas Roche of Ireland and Tinkoff-Saxo during the team presentations for the Giro D’Italia at the City Hall, Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Lord Mayor Mairtín Ó Muilleoir has dyed his hair pink, the City Hall is lit up in the same colour and the Giro d’Italia team launch drew big crowds in(...)

Stephen Roche in the Giro d’Italia leader’s jersey in the Dolomites, climbing during Roche’s first day as race-leader of the race, where Italian fans jeered and even spat at Roche because he’d beaten his own Italian team-mate Roberto Visentin. Photograph: Graham Watson

It is said that time heals everything, but Roberto Visentini might question that sentiment. Twenty seven years ago Ireland’s Stephen Roche went head t(...)

Pink bicycles are positioned in a field near the Antrim village of Balintoy. They have been painted pink to welcome the arrival of the Giro d’Italia cycle race whose race leader wears a pink jersey. Photograph:  Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

Sport, history and hit television shows could deliver a £314 million boost for the local economy by 2017 according to a new report today on foreign(...)

After  a late start to the  season, Nicolas Roche  is building his form for the upcoming Giro d’Italia  in the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland. Photograph: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

With the Giro d’Italia just one week away, Ireland’s Nicolas Roche is building his form by participating in the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland.Roche (...)

The peloton rides during stage one of the Giro d’Italia in Naples, Italy, last year. Photograph: Getty

Giro d’Italia officials have arrived in Belfast to organise one of the world’s greatest sporting events. The PSNI has also outlined Nort(...)

 Tour De France winner Stephen Roche with Jack Ryan (10) (left)  from Rolestown and  Lucy Madden (10) from Mount  Merrion at Grand Canal Square, Dublin.  Roche has been named as the Grand Marshal for this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade.  Photograph: Collins

Cyclist Stephen Roche has been named Grand Marshal for the 2014 St Patrick’s Festival Parade. Roche, who was chosen for his “outstanding(...)

Bradley Wiggins of Sky lost 17 seconds on the leaders during stage four of the Giro d’Italia. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Enrico Battaglin led an Italian 1-2-3 to win the fourth stage of the Giro d’Italia today, as Britain’s Bradley Wiggins lost precious time in a (...)

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