Giro stage 19 cancelled due to snow

It's been chucking it down all night so there's no chance of racing today.

by Dave Atkinson   May 24, 2013  

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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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Good for Cav. They may as well crown Nibali now.

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1036 posts]
24th May 2013 - 9:52

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They should have a team snowball fight, might shake the rankings up a bit

posted by kitkat [187 posts]
24th May 2013 - 9:58

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I had the perfect fantasy team for today and an afternoon off to watch the stage! Gutting

posted by Super Domestique [1573 posts]
24th May 2013 - 10:07

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kitkat wrote:
They should have a team snowball fight, might shake the rankings up a bit

In cleated shoes!

Dodging the saccadic masking

posted by notfastenough [2816 posts]
24th May 2013 - 10:23

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In other news Di Luca positive for EPO. FFS.

posted by MattT53 [125 posts]
24th May 2013 - 10:24

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MattT53 wrote:
In other news Di Luca positive for EPO. FFS.

WHAT?? Surprise

Twat!

Did Nightrider 2013 for Parkinson's UK, doing it again this year just for the fun of it and to raise more money.

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posted by jova54 [581 posts]
24th May 2013 - 10:27

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I think Nibali had won the Giro regardless of whether they had this stage and tomorrow's cancelled or not. I was however looking forward to the battle between Betancur and Majka for the young riders classification

posted by stevebull-01 [55 posts]
24th May 2013 - 11:12

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This is not good for Riggo Sad

posted by Abbie [29 posts]
24th May 2013 - 11:15

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They should line Di Luca up and pelt him with snowballs then finish him up under a plow. Thankfully another 'old guard' out of the sport and about time to.

posted by Roberj4 [173 posts]
24th May 2013 - 11:16

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notfastenough wrote:
kitkat wrote:
They should have a team snowball fight, might shake the rankings up a bit

In cleated shoes!


Poor Adam Hansen will freeze in his light weight ones!

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posted by andybnk [89 posts]
24th May 2013 - 12:52

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Oh well, I have been watching this on Eurosport highlights out of commitment to starting it. I really was watching for Wiggo but kept going as once you start something... So this has saved an hour of my life, and Nibali will win no doubt, I might watch Graham Norton instead.

Between the S and the LOW

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posted by bikeboy76 [1136 posts]
24th May 2013 - 13:16

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I've got nothing against snow, in fact I'm a snowman myself.

I'm a human being, God damn it! My life has value. I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.

posted by Carl [134 posts]
24th May 2013 - 15:31

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