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South Armagh prepares to welcome Giro d’Italia

May 5, 2014

As south Armagh prepares to welcome the internationally renowned Giro d’Italia cycling race as it passes through the district on Sunday, local people are being advised to plan ahead to make the most of the spectacular event as road closures will be in place all along the route.

After two days of taking in Belfast and the Causeway Coastal Route, the multi-stage bicycle road race will carry out the next stage of its Grande Partenza, the “Big Start” on Sunday, travelling through the villages of Newtownhamilton, Belleek, Lislea and Forkhill, en route to Dublin.

With Giro fever gripping the entire area, huge crowds of spectators are expected for the much-anticipated event and, with parking prohibited anywhere along the route, planning in advance is highly recommended.

Roads along the route from Armagh city will be closed between 7.00am and 2.00pm, with the south Armagh area being primarily affected from 10.00am.  Full details of road closures and times are available on www.trafficwatchni.com.

The Giro Caravan and Peloton goes hand-in-hand with the race it precedes, with the multi-coloured procession creating a wave of excitement in the towns and villages it passes through along the race route.  The Caravan rolls up at specific locations in advance of the race and is expected to pass through Newtownhamilton at 11.20am, while the Peloton – the main group of riders in the Giro race – is expected in the town at approximately 1.00pm.

Celebrations are being organised in the various towns and villages along the route to mark this special occasion and a full inventory of events planned locally are detailed elsewhere in the paper.

The public is being encouraged to come out to welcome and view this world famous sporting spectacle – second only in terms of prestige to the Tour de France – as it winds its way through the country.

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