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Giro d'Italia queen stage shortened due to bad weather

Will Strickson
24 May 2021

Stage 16 of the Giro cut by 70km and skipping Passo Fedaia and Passo Pordoi climbs as rain continues to dominate this year's race

With the Giro d'Italia back in its traditional May slot for 2021, the potential for varying weather conditions and snow walls had many fans excited for a return to the more potentially biblical Giro we had become used to over the years.

However, even the hardiest of riders and cruellest of fans would admit that the amount of rain endured by the riders over the past two weeks has been hellish though and now it has culminated in Stage 16, this year's queen stage, being significantly shortened because of the potential for bad, and dangerous, weather.

Organiser RCS agreed with the CPA rider's union this morning to cut the stage by 70km, removing the Passo Fedaia and Passo Pordoi climbs – almost 2,000m of climbing.

Despite reports that the riders actually wanted to complete the stage in full, CPA delegate Cristian Salvato agreed with RCS to apply the extreme weather protocol due to the possibility of changing weather conditions in the high mountains leading to snow and ice on the descents.

The final descent, down the mighty Passo Giau, which is now the Cima Coppi, hasn't been cut though and if snow and ice do fall there may be a sketchy run in later on.

As a result of the changes the racing started an hour later than planned this morning and is likely to finish earlier than expected.

We'll have to wait and see whether the adjustments were justified and how much it affects the racing.

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