Today starts the first Grand Tour of 2014, the 97th edition of the Giro dItalia. Although, we better could rename it to Giro dItalia e Irlande, because we start on the island of Ireland this time. The departure town is Bel(la)fast, capital of Northern Ireland. After Dublin, which is the finishing town of the third stage, the second time a Grand Tour starts at this island. Departure and finish city would be a better option, looking at the amount of inhabitants of both cities.