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A bad weather forecast creates great uncertainty ahead of the Giro stage – the organizer allows for a joint clothes stop

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Tadej Pogacar and the rest of the Giro field are set to have a cold day on Tuesday. Photo: Marco Alpozzi / LaPresse via AP / NTB

Of NTB | 21.05.2024 06:41:04

Weather: The weather gods are not likely to be on the Giro organizers’ side on the 16th stage of the year’s first three-week race. Precipitation in the form of rain and snow, as well as very cold temperatures, is likely to await Tobias Foss and the rest of the field on Tuesday.

It could cause major problems on a stage the organizers have already been forced to change. Initially, the stage was supposed to go over the top of the Stelvio pass, but last week it was classified as too dangerous.

Snow combined with plus temperatures makes the danger of avalanches too great in the mentioned area. Therefore, it was decided that parts of the Stelvio Pass will be replaced with the Umbrail Pass instead.

Now, however, new weather challenges have appeared for the Giro organizer.

The riders are said to have expressed concern about having to deal with the descents in the Umbrail Pass if they came over the summit freezing cold and wet.

In a statement from Giro organizer RCS Sport, it is stated that the stage will be carried out as planned “if the weather conditions are considered to be normal”.

By all accounts, this means that extreme weather will force action in one form or another. An alternative is for the length of the stage to be shortened if the weather forecast strikes.

It has already been decided that each team can bring an extra team car on Tuesday. In addition, neutral cars from the organizer will also help to distribute warm clothing to riders who may need it.

In the statement published by RCS Sport on Monday evening, it is also possible that food can be provided to the riders from the first kilometre.

“A parking zone will be set up at the top of the Umbrail Pass (after 50.2 kilometers) to give riders the chance to change clothing. The race will then be neutralized for three minutes,” writes RCS Sport.

The weather gods have not been kind to the cycling stars earlier this season either. During the classic Fleche Wallonne, several of the field’s large profiles were chilled and had to break as a result of snowy weather and cold.

The images of Danish Mathias Skjelmose, who had to be lifted from his own bicycle by emergency crews and carried away, trembling, went viral.

Tobias Foss and Vegard Stake Laengen are the two remaining Norwegians in the Giro d’Italia. Torstein Træen broke the race with an injury.

Slovenian Tadej Pogacar leads the race superbly. He has almost seven minutes to spare on overall runner-up Geraint Thomas.

according to Cyclingnews a meeting was held on Monday evening with representatives of the various players in the race. The aim was to come to a conclusion about whether Tuesday’s stage must be shortened further due to the demanding weather forecast.

A highly unusual measure has also been prepared if the weather gods turn a blind eye.

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