Giro d'Italia to donate stage 19 prizes to COVID-19 fight after rider protest

ASTI ITALY OCTOBER 23 Podium Josef Cerny of Czech Republic and CCC Team Celebration Champagne during the 103rd Giro dItalia 2020 Stage 19 a 1245km stage from Abbiategrasso to Asti Stage shortened due to heavy rain girodiitalia Giro on October 23 2020 in Asti Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Josef Cerny (Image credit: Getty Images)

When stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia was more than halved in distance because of a rider protest on Friday, race director Mauro Vegni vowed that "somebody will pay for this". After the stage, the race Twitter account announced who: the riders. The brief statement read: "The prizes of today' Stage will be donated from the organizers to a Medical Center committed in the fight against COVID-19."

Riders were unhappy with an additional 5km tacked onto an already long but flat 253km stage from Morbegno to Asti, overnight and reportedly came to a decision to protest the distance late Thursday. 

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