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Friday's 19th stage of Giro canceled due to snow

 Cyclists pedal during the 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, from Cesana to Col Du Galbier, Italy, Sunday, May 19, 2013. A ...
 Snow falls at the Tonale pass, northern Italy, Friday, May 24, 2013. Friday's 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia was canceled due to snow along the rout...

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Cyclists pedal during the 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, from Cesana to Col Du Galbier, Italy, Sunday, May 19, 2013. A ...

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Snow falls at the Tonale pass, northern Italy, Friday, May 24, 2013. Friday's 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia was canceled due to snow along the rout...

Friday's 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia was canceled due to snow along the route, leaving just one more difficult leg for overall leader Vincenzo Nibali to navigate.
Organizers said there were "adverse weather conditions and, in particular, snow on the stage route in its entirety."
The 19th stage in the 21-leg race had already been altered because of avalanche threats and sub-zero temperatures. With snow and ice predicted, the Gavia and Stelvio passes were cut from the route. However, a longer 160-kilometer (100-mile) route from Ponte di Legno was set to be climbed to the original finish of Val Martello.
The altered route was to go over the Tonale pass, which was snowed over.
"The organizers have put the security of riders first and the UCI supports their decision," said Pat McQuaid, president of the international cycling federation. "The riders have been racing in very difficult conditions this week, but today those conditions are just too extreme."
Nibali holds a 4:02 lead over 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans of Australia, who rides for BMC.
Rigoberto Uran of Colombia is third overall, 4:12 back.
"It seems like a fair decision," Uran said. "Being this cold it's really impossible to bike."
Nibali boosted his lead by winning Thursday's mountain time trial.
Stage 20 Saturday is another mountainous leg that is scheduled to follow a 203-kilometer (126-mile) route from Silandro to Tre Cime di Lavaredo, but it is also risks being canceled due to snow.
The race ends on flatter ground in Brescia on Sunday.


Updated : 2021-04-13 10:54 GMT+08:00