Giro d'Italia considered stopping Stelvio stage

As fall-out from the non-neutralisation of the Stelvio Pass continues, race director Mauro Vegni speaks out

The peloton climbs the Passo Stelvio on stage sixteen of the 2014 Giro d'Italia

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The Giro d'Italia considered stopping the 16th stage early at the top of the Stelvio Pass on Tuesday. Even with heavy snow falling, Race Director Mauro Vegni said that he had no option but to continue.

"I was at 13 kilometres from the top, it was snowing heavily. For me, the riders' safety was more important than the results," Vegni told Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper. "I thought about stopping the race on the Stelvio."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.