Could the Giro do more to stop sprinters leaving the race? Riders have their say

With sprint stages heavily weighted to the start of the 2019 Giro d'Italia, is there much reason for the sprinters to hang on through the mountains to the finish?

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The Giro d'Italia races through the flat Po Valley west to Novi Ligure on Wednesday, the last sprint stage before a mountainous ride to the finish next weekend in Verona. For many sprinters, stage 11 signals the end of their Giro, but could the organiser plan a better route to convince them to stay?

Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) and Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) are leaving the Giro d'Italia after stage 11's finish. Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) are due to stay, but the former crashed and his injuries may force an early exit. The only light at the end of a dark tunnel is stage 18, next Thursday, but that seems too little and too far for many.

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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.