Giro d'Italia stage 19 gets shortened after riders' protests
Oct 23 2020 07:32 pm CET

Giro d'Italia stage 19 gets shortened after riders' protests
Giro d'Italia stage 19 gets shortened after riders' protests
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The 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia has been shortened after most of the peloton complained about the weather conditions.

The route of the 19th day of competition in the Italian grand tour was set to be 258 kilometres long between Morbegno and Asti over a flat route that is suitable for the sprinters after several days on the mountains. But heavy rain is falling along the route and the riders think that this can compromise their health.

Lotto Soudal and AG2R La Mondiale took the lead of the conversations with race director Mauro Vegni and in the end it was agreed that the stage will be 80 kilometres shorter. The riders went through the neutral zone and then waited for their team buses and cars, some of them which had already left to be at the finish line.

"Thanks to the jury and the Giro organiser for listening to CPA request," the Professional Cyclists Association through a tweet. "The health is the priority, especially in this Covid period. Reducing today's stage will not diminish the show, but will allow the immune defences of the riders not to be put at greater risk."

This will also allow the General Classification riders to take a break before the decisive mountain stage on Saturday, October 24, which will take the riders over a 190-kilometre route that features two climbs of the first category, including a mountain finish in Sestriere, and the last time trial of Sunday.
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