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Seeing the hosting of the 2014 Giro d’Italia as an event of serious importance for the sport on the island of Ireland, the 1987 race winner Stephen Roche has said that he hopes that the federations embrace the possibilities that the race could open up. 

The Dubliner attended last Thursday’s announcement of the 2014 Grande Partenza in Belfast and said that securing the race is something that he feels proud of as he is the only Irish winner. 

“I am very honoured…it is nice to have won it, but it is nice to have the Giro coming and starting here next year,” he told VeloNation in the video interview below. “Even if it is 26 years on, it is nice that the Irish people will get to see a bit of this event that I actually won and maybe kind of realise the achievement that was there at the time. It is also nice for the Irish people to be able to participate in this magnificent spectacle.”

Continue reading at www.velonation.com/News/ID/14023/Stephen-Roche-Video-Important-the-federations-dont-miss-the-boat-when-the-Giro-comes-to-Ireland.aspx

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