INDEPENDENT councillor Padraig McShane has enlisted the help and support of a well-known Italian family on the north Antrim coast to bring the Giro d’Italia to Moyle.
Cllr McShane said Moyle has the chance of hosting the opening stage of the professional cycle race in May 2014. The Italian race has held its Grande Partenza or big start outside Italy since 1996 and he said next year the North will host the beginning of the race.
Mr and Mrs Aramando and Patsy Bertuccelli spoke of their delight at the prospect of seeing the World famous Italian race come to Moyle.
“Where better than Moyle?” said Armando, who added: “Locally cycling has become very popular along our rugged and beautiful coastline.
“I hope everyone gets behind this opportunity to welcome the Italians and professional cyclists from all over the world”.
Councillor McShane said; “Armando and Patsy treated us to the wonderful flavours of Italy with their famous ice-cream. Now they are encouraging us to try the Giro d’Italia.
“The Grande Partenza is the opening stage of the Giro and lasts six days. 140,000 people are expected to attend the event and 10m of free promotional media coverage is on offer to showcase the area.
“The host partners RCS Sports have yet to decide on a route for the second day of the event and Council support is being sought.
“With the popularity of cycle racing in general in the area, I’m sure support will be forthcoming.
“But it represents a fabulous opportunity to showcase the area while attracting and enjoying a world class event.”