Today's stage of the Giro, from Ponte di Legno to Val Martello, has been cancelled due to adverse weather.
The stage route had already been changed to steer the riders away from the high passes of the Gavia and Stelvio; pictures tweeted from the Stelvio in particular showed the road clear but walls of snow up to 15ft high on either side. The decision was made to change the route to include the lower passes of the Tonale and Castrin, but heavy snow on both those roads, and along the entire length of the route, has left the organisers with no option to cancel the stage in entirety. In theory racing will resume tomorrow, but with three high passes and a summit finish on the 2,304 Tre Cime di Lavaredo on the parcours for Saturday's stage, and further snow forecast, it's likely the route of that stage will also have to be altered.
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