When Sunday May 11
Starting in Armagh, stage three sees the peloton head across the border into southern Ireland and finish in Dublin, where they’ll find us sipping on a Guinness, behaving responsibly in the pressroom.
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Like stage two, this is another one for the sprinters, with only two minor climbs to be tackled, both situated in the early kilometres. Upon hearing of the Giro’s visit to Ireland, home stars Dan Martin and Nicolas Roche may have anticipated animating the race on their home turf. However, with no significant climbs en route, the duo will probably spend all day quietly in the bunch, as there’s little chance riders of their calibre will be allowed into a breakaway.
Nevertheless, both will be delighted to ride on home roads, especially at the finish in Dublin. Few cities in the world have as many links to figures of influence in cycling over the last 30 years: 1987 Giro and Tour winner Stephen Roche was born in County Dublin and sent his son Nicolas to a local school, while ex-UCI president Pat McQuaid and prominent journalist Paul Kimmage were both born in the city (though we’re a long way from Carrick-on-Suir, Sean Kelly’s hometown in the southern province of Munster).
Did you know?
The peloton travelled to Dublin for a Grand Départ in 1998, when the Irish capital hosted the start of the Tour de France. The racing was, however, overshadowed by the infamous Festina affair, which erupted when soigneur Willy Voet was caught with a car full of banned substances just days before the prologue.