Giro d'Italia stage 19 shortened by 100km after riders refuse to race full course

Riders will drive the first 150km of stage 19 in their team buses, not wanting to complete the 258km route in the rain

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Stage 19 of the 2020 Giro d'Italia has been shortened by 100km after riders refused to ride the entire 258km course.

Instead of rolling out of Morbegno this morning, riders will now drive the first 100km of the stage in their team buses, before completing the final 150km to the expected sprint finish in Asti.

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