Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy) (AFP)
Rain and frost forced Monday’s shortening of the 16th stage of the Giro d’Italia at the ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomites, organizers said.
Two of the day’s climbs were abandoned, the stage being reduced to 153 km from the original 212 km.
The last climb of the day, the Col de Giau, which is the highlight of this year’s race at 2233 meters above sea level, was maintained, as well as the opening one at La Crosetta.
The main risk for the runners would have been on the slippery descents, on the “Queen’s stage”, considered the hardest of the race, towards Cortina d’Ampezzo, which will host the 2026 Winter Olympics. .
Colombian Egan Bernal wore a rain jacket over the leader’s pink jersey as the riders set off for the day 40 minutes late, due to conditions.
Before the stage, Belgian Thomas De Gendt from Lotto Soudal retired with a knee problem.
De Gendt finished third in the 2012 edition and won stages on all three Grand Tours, the Giro, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana.
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