Friday, May 20, 2011

Flash: Monte Crostis Cut from Giro d'Italia

The Monte Crostis climb and descent (we posted a video yesterday here) has been cut out of tomorrow's, Saturday's, stage.

The statement from the Giro:
"Although the Organizer has put in place all the necessary measures to ensure the riders’ safety, following the complaints of the Team Managers because of the impossibility to ensure an optimal sport management at the end of the stage (as the team cars cannot operate normally by following the race course for 37,2 km ) and after an analysis of the proposal done by the Organizer to solve this problem, the Panel of Commissaires does not judge this proposal sufficient.

Consequently, the Panel of Commissaires make the following decision: not to authorize the entire unfolding of the stage as it was defined in the Technical Guide of the Giro.

The ascent of Monte Crostis and the following descent are therefore eliminated from the race route.

The Organizer will communicate a final replacing route for this stage with relative instructions.

In this new race route, the team cars will be authorized to follow the race up to the foot of the final ascent, Monte Zoncolan."

The stage will now be 190 km. The start will be in Lienz at 1200 and the finish is anticipated to be at approximately 1700-1730 on Monte Zoncolan.

The new stage profile:

The profile before the cut:

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