As TV coverage ground to a halt, this fan live-streamed stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia on Instagram atop the Passo Giau

Igor Tavella braved the freezing conditions as hundreds flocked to his Instagram to watch the queen stage of the Giro d'Italia unfold

Passo Giau at the 2021 Giro d'Italia
(Image credit: Getty)

"I usually only get 10-15 viewers on my Instagram Live," says Igor Tavella. "But when I saw there were 380 people watching I thought 'oops, better continue the show or people will get mad at me'." 

With television coverage of the Giro d'Italia interrupted due to the extreme weather in the Dolomites on stage 16, viewers around the world were clueless as to what was unfolding up the Passo Giau. So one fan took it upon himself to broadcast the race to the world, going live on Instagram to bring pictures to the world until the battery on his phone ran out.

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