Race organisers cut Gavia climb from queen stage of Giro d’Italia 2019

Snow and the risk of an icy descent led RCS Sport to make the decision early to allow riders the chance to prepare for the altered stage

The Gavia climb during the 2014 Giro d'Italia (Tim De Waele/Getty)

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Snow and the risk of an icy descent has forced the Giro d'Italia organisers to cut the Gavia Pass from the 2019 edition, three days before the planned ascent on Tuesday's stage 16.

Race Director Mauro Vegni made the announcement today "with regret" but with the riders and teams in mind.

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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.