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Friday 25 July 2014

Grand Marshal job tops dream week for Roche

Kirsty Blake Knox

Published 28/02/2014|02:30

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Tour De France winner Stephen Roche at Grand Canal Square, to mark the unveiling of the 2014 Grand Marshal of this year's St. Patrick's Festival Parade. Stephen was chosen as the Grand Marshal chosen by Festival organisers for his significant contribution to Irish sport and media and will lead the Festival Parade on March 17th. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Tour De France winner Stephen Roche at Grand Canal Square, to mark the unveiling of the 2014 Grand Marshal of this year's St. Patrick's Festival Parade. Stephen was chosen as the Grand Marshal chosen by Festival organisers for his significant contribution to Irish sport and media and will lead the Festival Parade on March 17th. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Tour De France winner Stephen Roche at Grand Canal Square, to mark the unveiling of the 2014 Grand Marshal of this year's St. Patrick's Festival Parade. Stephen was chosen as the Grand Marshal chosen by Festival organisers for his significant contribution to Irish sport and media and will lead the Festival Parade on March 17th. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Tour De France winner Stephen Roche at Grand Canal Square, to mark the unveiling of the 2014 Grand Marshal of this year's St. Patrick's Festival Parade. Stephen was chosen as the Grand Marshal chosen by Festival organisers for his significant contribution to Irish sport and media and will lead the Festival Parade on March 17th. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

IT has been a good week for champion cyclist Stephen Roche, who was selected as the Grand Marshal for the 2014 St Patrick's Day Parade and also entered the Giro d'Italia Hall of Fame.

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"I feel like my career is taking off again," he told the Irish Independent. "It's been a good week."

The Dubliner will lead the festival parade 'peloton' on its 2.6km route through the capital on St Patrick's Day.

"I remember watching the parade on my dad's shoulders when I was a child, so this means a lot," he said.

The two accolades coincide with this year's Tour of Italy, the second-biggest cycling race in the world, which will stage the 'Grande Partenza' (big start) in Belfast on May 9.

Roche was chosen to lead the Saint Patrick's Day parade for his "outstanding contribution to the sport of cycling".

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