Mauro Vegni 'still angry about what happened last year' at Giro d'Italia as stage 16 altered 'to avoid any problems with riders'

Many riders seemed keen to tackle the whole 212km despite the threat of extreme weather but safety has been put first with two climbs cut from the queen stage

Mauro Vegni at the 2021 Giro d'Italia
(Image credit: Getty)

Giro d'Italia race director Mauro Vegni says the alteration of stage 16 was a decision made by all parties, one taken proactively to avoid any problems with riders if the weather worsened further, adding it's difficult to stop a race once it's started.

The queen stage has had two of its climbs taken out as extreme weather made the cima coppi of this year's race potentially treacherous, those mountains bypassed in favour of heading straight to the Passo Giau.

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