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Giro d'Italia

I have previously mentioned  that I have a fascination with the Tour de France resulting from a childhood affinity with American pro cyclist and three time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond.  In the last few years my interest in pro cycling has increased due to the success of Sirs Hoy and Wiggins, Chris Froome and Team Sky with my interest spawning to follow them throughout the year rather than just 3 weeks in July.  In May, the first of this years cycling's grand tours, the three week long, 3449.9km Giro D'Italia, held its Grande Partenza in Belfast before rolling into Dublin in day three. I couldn't resist the opportunity to catch one of the grand tours live, so I headed into Dublin to catch the action on the Quays in Dublin, 2km from the finish.  Having waited around for an hour, the cyclists finally arrived just as the Sky Pro Cycling (right), Cannondale Pro Cycling (middle) and Team Giant Shimano (left) got into formation for their lead out trains for the sprint finish.  In 30 seconds they were passed and my Giro d'Italia experience was over!   Worth the wait to get an idea of the speed, skill, concentration and the commitment of these guys as they cycle in a huge peloton with just centimetres between them.  The stage was won by Marcel Kittel of Team Giant Shimano in a bunch sprint at the finish.  The 2014 general classification winner of the Giro d'Italia was Colombian Nairo Quintana of the Movistar Team team.