Giro Hall of Fame at Giant's Causeway

Stephen Roche inducted into Giro Hall of Fame (also pictured John Higgins) © Press Eye / William Cherry

Stephen Roche inducted into Giro Hall of Fame (also pictured John Higgins)

Latest update 26.02.2014 09:48

The Giant’s Causeway and the Causeway Hotel today (25 February) hosted legendary cyclist Stephen Roche as he was inducted into the Giro d’Italia Hall of Fame.

The event marked another highlight in the build up to the cycling spectacle, which will take place from 9 -14 May across Belfast, the Causeway Coast and Glens, and Armagh before finishing in Dublin.

Taking place outside Italy for the first time, the Hall of Fame event was hosted by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB), in association with race organisers RCS Sport and media partner la Gazzetta dello Sport.

Minister Arlene Foster said: ‘In advance of the Giro d’Italia coming in May, RCS Sport has extended its commitment to Northern Ireland by opting to hold the Giro d’Italia Hall of Fame event here. It recognises the riders who have made cycling history and Stephen Roche is very much in that category.

‘We know that Stephen touched greatness when he became only the second person ever to win the triple crown of victories in the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and World Championship in 1987. It is fitting that he is being inducted into the Giro Hall of Fame in the same year as the great race comes to Northern Ireland.’

Arlene Foster added: ‘As Northern Ireland embraces the pink of the leader’s jersey, there is no doubt this event will be a significant boost for tourism across the board. Hotels, restaurants, town centres, villages, local communities, and most of all the economy, all stand to benefit.

‘In addition to the feast of cycling, there will be an array of family-friendly events and festivals, with lots of music, food and live entertainment for visitors to look forward to.

‘Hosting the Giro not only gives us the chance to witness one of the world’s greatest sporting spectacles up close, it will let us showcase our unforgettable scenery, as well as demonstrating that Northern Ireland really is the home of great events.’