The inclusion of the Col du Galibier at the end of Sunday’s Giro d’Italia 19th stage looks in doubt because of heavy snow on the iconic Alpine climb.

Two years after it held its first Tour de France summit finish, the Galibier is scheduled to make its Giro debut this weekend.

However, because of the inclement weather atop the mountain, Giro organisers RCS may be forced to modify the route.

Work to clear the roads is underway, although light snow is also forecast for Sunday morning.

Bradley Wiggins told Cycling Weekly this morning: “If we lose days like that it could play into other people’s hands better than ours.” 

The climbs of the Stelvio and Gavia – to be tackled during stage 19 on May 24 – appear to be faring better, with far less snow on the road.

Snow on the Galibier, May 13 (C) Het Nieuwsblad

Significantly less snow on the Stelvio, May 14

  • Grizzler73

    I hope they do clear it as we are riding up it on the day! Also doing Sestriere the day before, which I believe to be clearer. I’m packing my thermals…

  • Alpine Cycling

    Your pic is of the tunnel at just over 2500m.If they’ve got it clear to there already I’d say they have done pretty well.I’ve had to stop at that point unable to get to the summit (about 1km further) in early June-it’s not usually open until then.I think Dan Lloyd had to stop 7kms from the top 2 weeks ago so it looks to me as if they are on schedule or pretty close to it subject to any bad weather before or at the weekend.