Snow and cold force the 16th stage of the Giro to be shortened

The 16th stage of the Giro, which will be held this Tuesday and which was initially scheduled for 206 kilometers, has been shortened due to the terrible conditions with snow and cold. The runners are carrying out the first part of the competition in the team cars, in a day that in the end will be reduced to 120 kilometers and will begin around 2 p.m.

For days now there has been concern with the stage that forced the suspension of the ascent to the Stelvio, one of the mythical mountains of the Giro, since the snow made circulation difficult in the last kilometers of the climb and because there was also a risk of avalanches. It was replaced by the Giogo de Santa María, which in fact was like a variant of the Stelvio itself.

However, this Tuesday morning the situation worsened and the extreme weather protocol that was agreed upon between organizers, runners, and teams a few seasons ago was applied and was authorized by the International Cycling Union (UCI) to ensure the safety of cyclists. This protocol prevents competition when the temperature drops below three degrees Celsius.

The 16th stage will also end in Saint Christina of Val Gardenain the heart of the Dolomites, and continues to include the climb to the last two scheduled passes (the final climb to Santa Cristina and the previous one to Passo Pinei).

The day is faced with the unquestionable leadership of the Slovenian cyclist Tadej Pogacar at the top of the general classification in a final week that includes four mountain stages of the six stipulated

2024-05-21 11:12:19
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