Giro d'Italia abandons plans for 'misunderstood' descending prize after rider backlash

RCS Sport says it has "taken comments on board" regarding prize for fastest descenders

Darwin Atapuma on stage nineteen of the 2016 Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Watson)

RCS Sport, the organiser of the Giro d'Italia, has abandoned its plans for a best descender prize that had been widely criticised by riders and teams.

In a statement, the race organisers said that the prize, which would have had a €15,000 prize pot, had been intended to "highlight an important skill which is an integral part of a cycle race putting riders' safety in jeopardy."

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