Gavia and Stelvio confirmed for stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia

RCS Sport confident but an alternative route is ready

The organizer of the Giro d'Italia has confirmed that Tuesday's stage will climb the Passo Gavia and the Passo dello Stelvio.

A risk of snow and freezing temperatures had sparked rumours that the stage would be changed but Mauro Vegni, the director of cycling at RCS Sport, confirmed to the media on the race that the stage will go on as scheduled after driving to the summit of the Gavia.

A final check on conditions at the summit of the two climbs will be made at 9:30 on Tuesday morning, three hours before the stage is scheduled to start.

"I've just been up the Gavia and its fine and we've had reports that the Stelvio is even better. It's raining now but the forecasts are for warm conditions tomorrow, with only a risk of rain, when the races crosses the climbs. There's no risk of ice on the descent. For now the stage is on. There's northing else to say," Vegni said.

Vegni confirmed that the decision was made after consulting local experts and studying the weather forecasts. The riders and team were not involved in the decision process.

The stage will follow the planned 139km route and climb the Passo Gavia (2618 metres) and the Passo dello Stelvio (2758m), which awards the special Cima coppi prize as the highest climb in this year's Giro d'Italia.

If the weather conditions worsen dramatically overnight, the alternative route will cover the Passo Tonale (1883m) and the Passo Castrin (1283m) before tackling the climb to the finish at Val Martello (2059m).

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