Giro d'Italia cycle race begins in Northern Ireland
9 May 2014 Last updated at 08:01 BST
It is one of Italy's biggest sporting events and this Friday, the Giro d'Italia cycle race gets under way in Northern Ireland.
Belfast beat off a rival bid from Venice to host the start of the race and the city has spent the last 14 months preparing for the event.
Chris Buckler reports.