Forecasts of snow and low temperatures on the climbs and especially at the finish failed to materialise on Sunday afternoon, leading to riders and spectators questioning the decision to cancel the stage.
Vincenzo Nibali openly questioned the decision on Italian television and his coach, Paolo Slongo, went as far as suggesting the Astana team could consider changing Nibali’s race programme if there was a risk that the key mountain stages of the Giro d’Italia could be cancelled because of the application of the UCI Extreme Weather Protocol. Former professional rider Max Lelli, who now works as a television commentator for Italian television, was also critical of the decision, suggesting RCS Sport should have organised a mountain time trial to replace the cancelled stage.
Vegni seemed genuinely saddened and disappointed by the criticism, pointing out that the decision – taken by the race organisers but also the UCI and representatives for the riders and teams, was made to safeguarded the health and safety of all the riders, plus the people who organise the race and the public who may have been out along the route.
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