Full Giro d’Italia road closure information - May 8 - May 11

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The Giro d’Italia is hosting the first three stages of the famous cycling race in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland - leading to numerous road closures.

There will also be number of temporary crossing point closures in addition to the main road traffic diversions.

Over 200 of the world’s top cyclists will be taking part in the spectacle and a special Giro caravan will be travelling ahead of the riders - handing out promotional items at various locations along the route.

The first traffic disruption will take place in around Belfast City Hall on Thursday evening for the pre-race team presentation, with the event itself getting underway on Friday afternoon, May 9.

Friday’s road closures - between 4pm and 8.30pm - affect: Belfast Titanic Quarter; Upper Newtownards Road; Stormont; Newtownards Road; Queen’s Bridge; Oxford Street; Ormeau Road; Stranmillis Embankment; University Road; Bradbury Place; Wellington Place and Belfast City Hall.

However, there will be a practice session in the morning along the same route and roads will be closed from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

On Saturday, roads along the route will be closed between 8am and 5pm - taking in: Belfast Titanic Quarter; Antrim; Ballymena; Ballymoney; Bushmills; Ballycastle; Cushendall; Waterfoot; Carnlough; Glenarm; Ballygally; Larne; Whitehead; Carrickfergus and Belfast City Hall.

Sunday’s race begins in Armagh with the roads closed from 7am. The third and final day begins in Armagh, passing through Loughgall, Richhill, Markethill, Keady, Newtownhamilton, Forkhill before crossing the border on the road to Dublin. All roads will be reopened by 2pm.

For full details of the event go to www.girostart2014.com