People preparing for Giro d'Italia
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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.