1987 winner, Stephen Roche, will be inducted into the Giro d’Italia Hall of Fame later this month – in a ceremony that will be held at the Causeway Hotel in Northern Ireland.
As many enthusiasts remember, Roche won the Giro that year, along the Tour de France and the World Championships Road Race.
Roche is only the third rider to be inducted into the race’s Hall of Fame, which was introduced in 2012.
Eddy Merckx was the first member to be inducted, followed by with three-time winner Felice Gimondi – who was awarded the honor last year.
In addition, to Roche being inducted into the race’s Hall of Fame, Belfast’s hosting of the 2014 Giro’s "grand depart", marks another highlight for Irish cycling this year.
The "grande partenza", will feature three days of racing in Ireland, with a 21.7 kilometer team time trial through the streets of Belfast, along with an "out and back" race beginning in the capital city and concluding with a 187 kilometer stage from Armagh to Dublin.
This year’s Giro d’Italia marks first time that a grand tour has visited Ireland since the start of Tour de France in Dublin in 1998.
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