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Giro d’Italia – Stage 19 cancelled due to snow

May 25, 2013
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By Paul Homewood

 

Heavy snow forced Giro d’Italia organisers to call off Friday’s mountainous stage 19 from Ponte di Legno to Val Martello.

 

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 route and Saturday's penultimate stage was altered for the same reasons, leaving Vincenzo Nibali with a much milder finish to defend his lead over.For Friday, 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. (AP Photo/Daniele Bottallo)

Snow falls at the Tonale pass in northern Italy on Friday forcing the cancellation of the 19th stage of the fabled Giro d’Italia race

 

 

"Due to adverse weather conditions and, in particular, snow on the stage route in its entirety, stage 19…has been cancelled," race organisers RCS Sport said in a news release on Friday.

Poor weather had already led RCS to make changes to the stage-19 route on Thursday, cancelling two of the three major mountain climbs, the Gavia and Stelvio, but they had hoped to retain the final ascent to Val Martello.

However, major overnight snowfall, temperatures well below freezing on the major mountain passes and sleet falling in the region’s valleys early on Friday caused the entire stage to be cancelled, the first time that had happened since 1989.

Overall leader Vicenzo Nibali applauded the organisers’ decision, saying: "The conditions are really extreme and so I think they’ve made the right decision.

"They’d already altered the stage route but because of the weather conditions and the snow we can’t do the stage," said the Italian, speaking at his team hotel.

Racing will resume on Saturday, with a third straight mountainous stage finishing at Tre Cime di Lavaredo but all the climbs leading up to it will be cancelled because of the poor weather.

 

A snowplow works in Passo del Tonale after the cancellation of the 19th stage of the 96th Giro d'Italia.

A snowplow works in Passo del Tonale after the cancellation of the 19th stage of the 96th Giro d’Italia.

 

Snow falls close to the start area of the 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia cycling race.

Snow falls close to the start area of the 19th stage of the Giro d’Italia cycling race.

 

 

 

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/giro-ditalia-two-major-climbs-cut-stage-19-191349894.html

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3 Comments
  1. May 25, 2013 4:47 pm

    Sleet at low levels on the Belgium-France border on Thursday. It did not feel like May.

  2. Marco permalink
    May 25, 2013 9:22 pm

    Today’s stage was blessed with warm and sunny weather:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/may/25/vincenzo-nibali-stage-20-giro-ditalia

  3. Andy DC permalink
    May 26, 2013 10:35 pm

    Syracuse, NY had their latest snow EVER on May 25th. Broke old record by 8 days. There have been a lot of freak May snows this year, both in Europe and the US.

    Also Pittsburgh, PA tied their record for coldest this late in the season this morning. Daily records fell in many places from Ohio to the Carolinas.

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