For the second time inside a week, poor weather in the Alps has forced Giro d'Italia organisers RCS Sport to reroute a stage of the race, with tomorrow's itinerary now missing out both the Passo Gavia and the Passo dello Stelvio - the latter was to have been the Cima Coppi, the highest summit in this year's race.
Instead, the race will hit the Passo del Tonale early on after the start in Ponte di Legno, and will then head over the Passo del Castrin at aorund the mid-point of what at 160km will be a longer stage than the 139km version originally envisaged, but which will miss out those two big climbs.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.