The Giro d’Italia route through Dundalk has been finalised following a visit by Irish organiser Darach McQuaid of Shadetree Sports, along with his Italian colleagues and event organisers.
On Sunday, May 11th Giro d’Italia cyclists will sprint into Dundalk. The race for the coveted Red Jersey will pick up pace as the cyclists approach Dundalk and will end at St Nicholas’ Green Church, meaning that spectators will get to see cyclists taking a gentler pace up through Church St, Clanbrassil St, the Market Square, Francis St, Park St, Dublin St and onto the Dublin Road. The Giro logistics crew were welcomed by to Dundalk by Cathaoirleach Eamonn O’Boyle, Town Clerk Frank Pentony, and Cuchulainn Cycling Club’s Pat O’Shaughnessy. Also putting their best foot forward for the town were Fiona Cunningham of Dundalk BIDS and Dundalk Tourist Officer Sinead Roche.
Pat O’Shaughnessy said that the crew were impressed by what they saw as they took a walk along the Clanbrassil Street and pinpointed locations for the sprint finish.“Dundalk will be the place where thousands can gather at the Market Square, see the only sprint in the Southern leg of the race approach Dundalk on the Big Screen and anticipate the competitors’ arrival through the town centre. “It’s going to be an amazing sight given the speed of the sprint in contrast to the much slower pace they’ll cycle at through the remainder of the town route“.
Speaking following the Giro d’Italia crew visit, Cathaoirleach Eamonn O’Boyle said: “Dundalk is in the enviable position of being the only town centre to feature prominently on the Irish route. Everyone involved in Giro Dundalk, including myself is delighted that the cyclists will now travel the full length of the town, highlighting Dundalk on a global platform.”
Giro d’Italia route for Sunday May 11th: Starts in Armagh via Keady, over Keady mountain, Newtownhamilton, Lislea, Longfield Rd, and into Louth on the Carrickasticken Road, on its journey past Forkhill, into Kilcurry and joining the R177 Armagh Road, onto Lisdoo and into Dundalk Town Centre. Leaving Dundalk, it travels on the R132 via Castlebellingham, Dunleer and Drogheda to Dublin.