Watch: Heavy snow on the Gavia throws queen stage of the Giro d'Italia 2019 into question

23cm of snow is expected in the next week as efforts are made to clear the roads

After a week that has featured torrid conditions for the peloton at the Giro d'Italia 2019, questions have been raised as to whether the weather will affect the race's queen stage, the mountainous stage 16 from Lovere to Ponte di Legno.

The stage will feature the highest point of this year's Giro, reaching 2,618m as riders ascend the Gavia. However, video footage released by the Bormio tourist board shows heavy snow that could jeopardise the planned route.

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