Giro preview: Grande Partenza, stages 1-3

The 97th Giro starts with two stages in Belfast, Northern Ireland, before stage three makes its way to Dublin, the capital city of the Republic of Ireland. As with all Grande Partenza weekends, fans who are lucky enough to be there in person will enjoy a festive atmosphere (even if it rains!) and plenty of opportunities to meet the cyclists. Throw in a few pints of the black stuff and it’s a party.

Here’s what to expect from the opening trio of stages. Continue reading