31 May 2014

2014 Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia 2014

2014 Winner of the Giro d'Italia - Nairo Quintana (COL)

Karen from Pedal Dancer® went to the Giro Start in 2014. Are you going to the Giro in 2014 or planning to watch it in 2014? This fan guide on how to see the Giro d'Italia in 2014 is for you. More information on my own trip may be found at my post: An American at the Giro d'Italia in Northern Ireland. 

Where do I begin (my travels to the Giro d'Italia)

Giro 2014 route map
Dates, Cities and distance of 21 stages of the 2014 Giro d'Italia: 

1   9 May, Titanic Belfast - Belfast, 21.7km, Team Time Trial
2  10 May, Belfast – (Causeway & Antrim Coast) - Belfast, 218 km, Flat stage
3  11 May,  Armagh – Dublin, 187 km, Flat stage
R- 12 May, Rest day
4  13 May, Giovinazzo - Bari, 121 km, Flat stage
5  14 May, Taranto - Viggiano, 200 km, Medium-mountain stage
6  15 May, Sassano - Montecassino, 247 km, Medium-mountain stage
7  16 May, Frosinone - Foligno, 214 km, Flat stage
8  17 May, Foligno - Montecopiolo, 174 km, Medium-mountain stage
9  18 May, Lugo - Sestola, 174 km, Medium-mountain stage
R- 19 May, Rest day
10  20 May, Modena - Salsomaggiore, 184 km, Flat stage
11  21 May, Collecchio - Savona, 249 km, Medium-mountain stage
12  22 May, Barbaresco – Barolo, 46.4 km, Individual time trial
13  23 May, Fossano - Rivarolo Canavese, 158 km, Flat stage
14  24 May, Agliè - Oropa, 162 km, Mountain stage
15  25 May, Valdengo - Montecampione, 217 km, Mountain stage
R-  26 May, Rest day
16  27 May, Ponte di Legno - Val Martello (Martelltal), 139 km, Mountain stage
17  28 May, Sarnonico - Vittorio Veneto, 204 km, Flat stage
18  29 May, Belluno - Rif. Panarotta (Valsugana), 171 km, Mountain stage
19  30 May, Bassano del Grappa – Cima Grappa (Crespano del Grappa), 26.8 km, ITT
20  31 May, Maniago – Monte Zoncolan, 167 km, Mountain stage
21  01 June, Gemona del Friuli – Trieste, 169 km, Flat stage

Route map of 2014 Giro d' Italia Ireland to Italy
Giro Facts
Dates: May 9-June 01 2014
Route: 2014 Giro d'Italia percorsa
21 Stages
22 teams, 9 riders each, 198 total riders (preliminary startlist)

Giro Contacts

Website: 2014 Giro d'Italia
Twitter: https://twitter.com/giroditalia
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/giroditalia
Facebook - giroditalia
Facebook - GiroStart
Google plus - Giro d'Italia
Instagram - @giroditalia

The 21 stages in 2014 will include:

  • 2 Individual time trials
  • 1 Team trial time
  • 8 Flat stages
  • 4 Medium mountain stages with summit finishes
  • 5 High mountain stages with summit finishes
Posts by Pedal Dancer:

About the Grand Tours
Word of the Day: Passista, Scattista, Velocista
Great Moments in Giro d'Italia History, By Cycling Tips 

Giro Start in Belfast

Schedule and route maps for the start of the 2014 Giro d' Italia in Northern Ireland:

Giro Big Start Opening Ceremony - Thursday 8 May, Belfast City Hall
17:30, Live outdoor show

Stage 1 - Friday, May 9 2014, Titanic Belfast - Belfast City Hall
17:45-20:00, TTT 21.7 km (13.48 miles), route map, route profile, official timetable itinerary, stage guide, video tour of Stage 1!

Stage 2 - Saturday, May 10 2014, Belfast - Belfast
10:50-16:10, 218 km (135.46 miles), route map, route profile, official timetable itinerary, stage guide, video tour of Stage 2 !

Stage 3 -  Sunday, May 11 2014, Armagh - Dublin
11:20-16:13, 187 km (116.2 miles), route map, route profile, official timetable itinerary, (better Timetable and road closure schedule reflecting 11:20 start time), stage guide, video tour of Stage 3 !

Yes, I plan to discover Northern Ireland. This is Freddie Forte (Strong Freddie) the official character of the Giro Start. Strong Freddie even has a cookbook.
Official Websites and Files for the Giro Start 2014:
Giro d'Italia official complete website
Giro d'Italia Start official website
Giro Start Facebook Page 
GiroBelfast.com (news)
Discover Northern Ireland (lots of info)
Northern Ireland Tourist Board
Business Promotion Brochure

Helpful Information for attending the race in Belfast:
Giro Italia Essential Guide NI***** (events, road closures, caravan and peloton timing) 
Giro Fan Park Schedule and Guide, located at Titanic Quarter
Giro d’Italia 2014: a guide for travellers, By Telegraph
Bike parking spaces
Road Closures and Traffic
Train Schedules
Free (in advance) Tickets to Opening Event, Team Presentation
Preliminary Startlist at CyclingStage.com
Watch it live online at CyclingFans.com or Steephill.TV
Potential audience of 775 million
22 teams are expected representing 12 countries 

Armagh Start
Timetable and road closure schedule for Stage 3 in Armagh, UK.  Start Village and assembly point at Shambles Market near Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Roads near market close at 7:00, other nearby road closures in Armagh at 8:30. Team buses arrive at 9:30. Caravan departure at 9:40, Peloton Start at 11:20. Finish in Dublin 14:30 caravan, 16:13 peloton.

How to watch the Giro live on TV?
BBC NI to broadcast TV coverage live for all 3 stages of the Giro: Friday, May 9th 18:30 BST; Saturday, May 10th 14:00 BST; Sunday, May11th 14:30 BST.

Teams at the 2014 Giro d'Italia:
Australia: Orica-GreenEdge
Belguim: Lotto-Belisol, Omega Pharma-Quick Step
Colombia: Colombia
Denmark: Tinkoff-Saxo
France: Ag2r La Mondiale, Europcar, Fdj.Fr
Great Britain: SKY Team
Italy: Androni Giocattoli, Bardiani-CSF, Cannondale, Lampre-Merida, Yellow Fluo.
Kazakhstan: Astana
Netherlands: Belkin, Giant-Shimano
Russia: Katusha
Spain: Movistar
USA: BMC Racing, Garmin-Sharp, Trek Factory Racing

Riders known to be racing the Giro in 2014

Nario Quintana, Cadel Evans, Rigoberto Urán, Samuel Sanchez, Daniel Martin, Ivan Basso, Elia Viviani, Marcel Kittel, Tyler Farrar, Wilco Kelderman, Michele Scarponi, Maxim Monfort, Robert Kiserlovski, Johnny Hoogerland, Pierre Roland, Nicholas Roche. It looks like no Richie Porte and Mark Cavendish is a suspenseful question mark.He is thought to be heading to California with Bradley Wiggins for the Tour of California. Chris Horner is very iffy after his crash. 198 total riders (preliminary startlist)