Risk of avalanche forces Giro d'Italia to skip Gavia in stage 16
May 26 2019 05:39 am CET

Risk of avalanche forces Giro d'Italia to skip Gavia in stage 16
Risk of avalanche forces Giro d'Italia to skip Gavia in stage 16
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The organisation of the Giro d'Italia has confirmed the change of route for the 16th stage of the race, excluding the Passo Gavia. The weather conditions have pushed for a new route that will remain with the same start and finish points.

For several days, pictures of the Gavia surrounded by tall walls of snow have circulated on social media with the explanations of the local governments about the measures that were taken to have the road ready for the grand tour. But considering that the weather conditions haven't improved, the organisation of the race has decided to change the route of the 16th stage of the race.

"As the weather forecast for the coming days predicts further deterioration and the risk of avalanche, we will unfortunately not be able to pass on the Gavia," said director of the Giro d'Italia Mauro Vegni. "I would like to begin by thanking the provinces of Sondrio and Brescia and all those who have worked to try to keep the original route open. We have taken this decision tonight to give everyone the chance of organizing themselves in the best way.

"The new route for Stage 16 will include the ascent of Cevo, a new climb for the Giro, then the passage from the most difficult side of the Aprica, before the descent to Mazzo, where riders will tackle the Mortirolo Pass, and thereafter arrival at Ponte di Legno. The Cima Coppi will be set on Passo Manghen, during Stage 20."


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