Northern Ireland

Giro d'Italia: Money goes to clean Belfast roads

Giro cyclist Image copyright NI Tourist Board
Image caption Three stages of the Giro d'Italia will be held in Northern Ireland in May

More money is to be used to tidy up the route of the Giro d'Italia cycle race in Northern Ireland.

Three stages of the race are to take place in Northern Ireland between 9 and 11 May.

The Department for Social Development is to spend £330,000 to improve derelict sites on three main roads on the Belfast part of the route.

They are the Shore Road in north Belfast, the Newtownards Road in the east and the Ormeau Road in the south.

Other areas have previously benefited from funding.

Last year's Giro was broadcast in 165 countries, with an estimated global audience of 775m people.

The three stages that will start in Northern Ireland are:

Friday 9 May - Team time trial from Belfast city centre to Stormont and back

Saturday 10 May - Belfast to Causeway Coast and back

Sunday 11 May - Armagh to Dublin

The Belfast stages are expected to start in the Titanic Quarter and finish at the city hall.

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