Giro d'Italia peloton forced into protest after initial refusal to shorten stage, says Adam Hansen

The Lotto-Soudal man says riders' concerns were dismissed the night before the 258km stage

Riders before the start of stage 19 of the 2020 Giro d'Italia (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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The Giro d'Italia peloton's concerns over the length and poor conditions of stage 18 were dismissed the night before the race, leading the riders to protest on the morning before the start, Lotto-Soudal's Adam Hansen has revealed.

The 39-year-old, who is riding his 29th Grand Tour, was spotted meeting UCI commissaires and Giro race director Mauro Vegni before the start of stage 18, with the first 130km of the 258km route subsequently cancelled and riders instead driving in their team buses to the new start line.

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