Mortirolo descent so cold some Giro d'Italia riders 'poured hot tea' on themselves to try and warm up

Riders take drastic measures to stay warm at the Giro d'Italia

Some riders of the 2019 Giro d'Italia have said they 'poured hot tea' over themselves to counteract the freezing cold conditions they suffered on stage 16 of the race.

Rain battered the riders over the top and on the descent of the brutal Passo del Mortirolo during the stage, with many in the heat of racing unable to put enough clothing on heading down to the bottom of the climb.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).