The 22 teams in this year’s Giro D’Italia have taken part in the Team Time Trial Practice on Friday morning ahead of Friday night’s opening stage around Belfast city.
Earlier the expected protagonists spoke to the world’s press in about their thoughts ahead of the Big Start, which takes in three stages arouond Northern Ireland and the Republic between Friday and Sunday.
One of the race favourites, Nairo Quintana (Team Movistar): “For the first time ever, there are two Colombians here as favourites, which is a cause of national celebration. But I think everyone sitting here has almost equal conditions to win the Giro. The race will put us all in our place.”