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Giro d'Italia: Weather sees stage 19 cancelled

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Cycling News
Published:
May 24, 2013, 07:49,
Updated:
May 24, 2013, 08:58
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Friday, May 24, 2013
Race:
Giro d'Italia
Plenty of snow at the high elevations during stage 16

Plenty of snow at the high elevations during stage 16

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Snow and cold weather to blame

Stage 19 of this year’s Giro d’Italia has been cancelled due to snow.

On Thursday night organisers RCS Sport announced that the peloton would race a modified route in order to avoid the riders racing in the snow and the risk of ice on the descents.

"Due to adverse weather conditions and, in particular, snow on the stage route in its entirety, stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia, from Ponte di Legno to Val Martello/Martelltal, has been cancelled," race officials confirmed in a press release.

The original race route included the Passo Gavia (2618m high), where Andy Hampsten attacked in the snow to set up victory in the 1988 Giro d'Italia, the Passo dello Stelvio (2758m) with the 139km stage finishing at Val Martello.

The modified route of160km was set to start in Ponte di Legno but was then set to race the descends east to Ponte Mostizzolo in order to tackle the Passo Castrin (1706m) and then climb to the original finish at Val Martello (2059m). However even the conditions on the modified route proved too dangerous.

There has not been any word as to whether stage 20, which was also at risk, will go ahead.

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Mister Crud More than 1 year ago
Cavs must be gutted!
zhiqiang More than 1 year ago
Nibali must be very happy……
Emilis Petkevičius More than 1 year ago
haven't you seen yesterday's TT? he looks like in a different ligue. i'm more interested in Uran - Evans and maybe Scarponi battle
mandeep gulati More than 1 year ago
Yepps, it's the battle for the remaining podium positions that was becoming interesting... Perhaps this is it for the final now then...
George Anton More than 1 year ago
Me Too.
igamogam More than 1 year ago
Sadly this will tarnish Nibali's win a little in some peoples eyes, though he doesn't need the help. This won't be the first time that stages have been cancelled/shortened when an Italian is in the lead, In this case a good safety decision may be given media spin to hint that the race organisers are once again giving the local boy a helping hand.
Chuck_T More than 1 year ago
I don't think it will. Anybody watching will know Nibali has been the best rider at this years Giro. Last nights ITT was quite an exclamation mark on that.
LanterneVerte More than 1 year ago
you could make the same argument about the tour last year, many people now criticise Wiggins victory as too easy, the same will happen with Nibali. naysayers have a tendency to forget details.
Benjamin Lowell More than 1 year ago
I don't think the removal of stages will diminish Nibali's victory as much as the lack of competition. With or without these stages he's proven to be unassailable in the mountains. So, the real trouble is that 2 of his biggest rivals going in have withdrawn from the race. Sad for him. He's on amazing form.
Chuck_T More than 1 year ago
Bummer. This hurts Scarponi, he seems to be getting better and would be challenging the position of Uran and Evans. I also wonder if this (less hard racing) helps Cadel's bid to ride a strong Tour. He would have regained a measure of confidence with his efforts at the Giro even given his poor showing yesterday. Tomorrow's stage should be good to watch if it goes ahead, still a lot to play for re 2, 3 and 4.
marginalgain More than 1 year ago
I was thinking the same. Before TT Cadel was happy to podium here. Nibali was strong and trying to win would be at what cost for the tour?. Did Cadel ride within in order not to redline and as he said in the presser after he is riding for training. He had enough time and I think he may of been hoping for a reduced next two stages. Make the podium and go to tour ready. I think he achieved two clear goals here. Ride into form and force BMC to make the leadership a non issue. The latter, however, remains to be seen as the legs will surely do the talking on that one?
Chuck_T More than 1 year ago
"The latter, however, remains to be seen as the legs will surely do the talking on that one?" That's how I see it. I don't believe there will be orders coming from the team car for either man to wait.
cristi1 More than 1 year ago
Instead of the organizers I had decided last night that today to be a flat stage instead a rest day because they knew very well that the weather will be awful.
WilGirod'Italia More than 1 year ago
Its all mountains in that part of Italy ... to go from one valley to another you're bound to go through a pass, and with snow reported at as low as 800mt altitute and freezing temperatures, there's very little they can do. Go racing in the flat, you suggest: do you really think it is so easy to organise a cycling race in one day? These things are prepared months in advance: police, volunteers, local authorities... Its not playstation
colnago200 More than 1 year ago
Such a shame, however the weather has been atrocious! I'm sure the riders are relieved
happytramp More than 1 year ago
Liked Cav's tweet :) Mark Cavendish ‏@MarkCavendish 1h I remember waking up excited to see snow. Then I became a cyclist. Now I wake up to snow & have to wait to see if I'm excited or not..
mandeep gulati More than 1 year ago
LOL, he must be happy that Evans may not be able to get more points to add to his tally... Wonder if tomorrow will have the same result.
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
Time to move the Giro back to its traditional date eh? Middle of May to early June, two weeks makes a difference to the weather. On the up side Nibali can relax and get his med's right for tomorrow.
movingtarget More than 1 year ago
Obviously even global warming is fickle. Your idea is worth thought.
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
They moved it a few years back to give riders a bigger gap between it and the Tour. Last week of May in the south and then the first two weeks of June up north should provide better weather. No gaurantees tho but less chance of a repeat of the weather we've seen this year.
mandeep gulati More than 1 year ago
Yes, the Tour is bigger in publicity, and a lot of other races have to move their schedule around to make sure that enough pros can come and compete... But one can never predict the weather in those mountainous parts.
Chuck_T More than 1 year ago
Mike you get upset when there's innuendo about Sky but then you go and create some yourself. Poor form.
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
Just levelling the playing field as people seem happy to post rubbish about Sky at every opportunity. And to be fair Astana does have a dodgy past. I hope Nibali is clean, however, the way he's riding is similar to how we all saw Lance riding in the Tour's he won. Questions have to be raised now as nothing is certain. The UCI need to release the bilogical passport data so we can see the blood %'s and remove any doubts.
Chuck_T More than 1 year ago
"Just levelling the playing field as people seem happy to post rubbish about Sky at every opportunity" I know it's only the internet, but it does nothing for your credibility or the credibility of your position that Sky are clean going about it like that.
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
Well i would take your comments with a grain of sand as you have not contributed anything credible to date.
PhiberAwptik More than 1 year ago
Nibali's riding is not even close to a Lance level of ridiculousness. All he has shown is an improved TT(where he was still 21 seconds off the leader), An ability to descend in all conditions(An ability he already had), and no one has really gone out of their way to test him. Astana has not been on the front in the level of Sky, and postal. But Nibali has been decently defended by his team, and only had to softpedal. It's no surprise that he had the energy to crush in yesterdays TT.
peppevlondon More than 1 year ago
he's been hurt in the butt thats why haha
peppevlondon More than 1 year ago
don't forget yours ..you seem needing them badly ;)
ToreBear More than 1 year ago
Perhaps the Giro and the Vuelta should exchange dates. The weather in Italy should be less warm in august than it is in Spain, and the chance of snow in May in Spain, is also much smaller than it is for Italy. With the possibility of climate change making the weather more unpredictable and extreme, it should be something to think about.
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
Good idea, no one wants to see this as it's been one of the worst GT's in years!
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
Nice thumbs down, how unexpected. With the weather this has not been a great tour as two of the major players went home ill.
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
"Two of the major players" went home, being beaten by an Italian named Nibali !
happytramp More than 1 year ago
Mike you're an utter pain in the arse. Wiggin's was not up to scratch, deal with it. No rider can win all the time.
Rosedale More than 1 year ago
This was raised in another thread. Please leave the Vuelta alone. It has been messed about too much already. It has already had to move forward when it was decided to move the World champs to Sept. Now you suggest it moves to the Giro dates. It does snow in Spain in May sometimes.
WilGirod'Italia More than 1 year ago
Agree with Rosedale, already enough changes in the calendar. The weather this week-end is truly quite extraordinary.. so hopefully next year will be better... Postponing the Giro's start by a week would be the only thing really helping a bit.
RedheadDane More than 1 year ago
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed. Of COURSE I'm disappointed! Not so much by the removal of Gavia and Stelvio, but by the no-stage... But of course if the ENTIRE course is covered in snow, there's no way it's safe for the riders to ride. Just a shame we can't all go down and clean the roads...
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
I'd like to see you go down a mountain pass at -20 with water on the roads which would be icy. Why don't you give it a go and then let us know how it goes from your hospital bed?
Chuck_T More than 1 year ago
Mike put your angry pills away, RedheadDane is not suggesting they should, he's just expressing some disappointment. Did you actually read the post before you lashed out?
RedheadDane More than 1 year ago
Yeah. I'm not disappointed by the fact that organisers made the right decision and cancelled the safe for the health and safety of the riders. I'm just slightly disappointed by the fact that it had to come to this. However, you can't control the weather... and it's not like race organisers usually go around cancelling without good reason. BTW, I'm still a female... :P
Chuck_T More than 1 year ago
Apologies :-)