Landslide forces Giro Rosa to skip Passo Gavia in fifth stage
Jul 05 2019 02:31 am CET

Landslide forces Giro Rosa to skip Passo Gavia in fifth stage
Landslide forces Giro Rosa to skip Passo Gavia in fifth stage
Giro Rosa

The iconic Passo Gavia has to remain closed and this has forced the organisation of the Giro Rosa Iccrea to change the route of the fifth stage of the race.

The organisation of the Italian grand tour and the local government have been keeping an eye on the pass to guarantee the safety of the riders and keep the excitement of the race. The Passo Gavia was set to be tackled by the peloton in the fifth stage of the Giro Rosa, but risks caused by a landslide have forced the change of course.

"During the afternoon, a local meeting in Alta Valtellina took place to verify the safety of the road from Bormio to the Gavia Pass through Santa Caterina Valfurva," said the Giro Rosa organisation through a statement.

"Due to a landslide above the road, the finish of stage 5, with start in Ponte Valtellina, has been moved to the top of the climb to the Laghi di Cancano, Valdidentro (Sondrio). The stage route remains unchanged until passing from Valdisotto, then the race goes up to Le Motte, before reaching Isolaccia, where the final climb begins, which was already done in the Giro Rosa Iccrea 2011, in a stage won by the Brit Emma Pooley."

The 2019 edition of the longest race of the women's calendar has been presented in the village of Cassano Spinola -from where the first stage will start on the fifth of July. The 30th edition of the Italian grand tour will have the participation of 24 teams and 144 riders, including title defender Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott).




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