Seven-day round-up: cycling shoes buyer's guide, Giro d'Italia preview and more

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Seven-day round-up: cycling shoes buyer’s guide, Giro d’Italia preview and more

All our best bits from the last week in a single, handy post

Giro d’Italia preview

From Belfast to the Dolomites, this year’s Giro d’Italia looks set to be a classic. Three stages will be held on the island of Ireland, with the first – a team time trial in Belfast city centre – now less than a week away. Excitement is mounting on both sides on the border, with images of pink sheep, horses, and even fish and chips posted on Twitter as the arrival of the corsa rosa  draws closer.

The Giro d’Italia, one of the biggest prizes in cycling, is now less than a week away. Read our in-depth preview of a race that this year starts in Belfast. pic: ©Sirotti

More serious business is at hand, however. With the likes of  2011 Tour de France winner, Cadel Evans (BMC Racing), and Colombian climbing sensations, Nairo Quintana (Movistar), runner-up at last year’s Tour de France, and Rigoberto Uran (OPQS), runner-up at last year’s Giro, among the favourites, a thrilling contest is all but guaranteed.

Throw in Irishmen Dan Martin (Garmin Sharp), who came within 300m of defending his Liege-Bastogne-Liege title, before being robbed by a crash, and Nico Roche (Tinkoff-Saxo), and the home fans will have much to cheer during the three-stage Grande Partenza.

Follow this link to our detailed preview, in which we consider the key stages and key contenders.


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