Giro d'Italia's best descender prize causes controversy

New competition to award prizes to the fastest descenders in the 2017 Giro d'Italia attracts criticism from riders

Esteban Chaves descends during the 2016 Giro d'Italia.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Controversy has surrounded the decision by Giro d'Italia race organiser RCS Sport to introduce a competition for the best descender in this year's race.

The 'Pirelli Premio Miglior Discesista' consists of a cash prize of €500 awarded to the quickest rider on 10 timed downhill segments of the 100th edition of the Giro.

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