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Orbetello stage annulled

Filippo Pozzato (Liquigas) talks with the Adriano Amici,

Filippo Pozzato (Liquigas) talks with the Adriano Amici, (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

By Gregor Brown

The second stage of the Giro della Provincia di Grosseto was annulled by the race jury following protest by the riders, who claimed the final kilometres too unsafe. The peloton approached the final kilometre together and did not contest the sprint.

The riders viewed the curves and narrow roads in the final kilometre as too dangerous, although the president of the organising group, Adriano Amici, disagreed. "The finale was the same that was proposed to the Italian cycling federation technical commission for approval," said Amici. "There were no variations ... The presence of dangerous curves in the final kilometre of this stage were communicated to the teams during the pre-race meeting on Thursday."

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