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BBC outlines coverage of Giro extravaganza

Peter Johnston, Alan Clarke and Shane Glynn pictured with a replica of the Giro d'Italia trophy.

Peter Johnston, Alan Clarke and Shane Glynn pictured with a replica of the Giro d'Italia trophy.

Details of when viewers can catch the upcoming Giro d’Italia bike race on the small screen have been released.

The BBC will be following the progress of the riders closely when it unfolds from Friday, May 9, as well as the colour and excitement surrounding the major international cycling contest.

Its first programme will be broadcast that night at 6.30pm on BBC Two, featuring live coverage of the opening team time-trial as the Giro d’Italia starts from the Titanic Quarter. On Saturday, May 10, the afternoon sessions of Stage Two in the Glens of Antrim will be shown live from 2pm. And from 2.30pm on Sunday, May 11, the coverage follows the riders as the Giro d’Italia leaves Northern Ireland to head south and a sprint finish in Dublin.

BBC Sport’s Jill Douglas – who has presented cycling at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games – will front the three live programmes with BBC Sport NI’s Gavin Andrews reporting on the events.

After the initial three-day leg, the BBC will continue covering the contest after it leaves Ireland and returns to Italy.

 

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