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Giro gives go-ahead to Gavia route

Giro gives go-ahead to Gavia route

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Stage 20: It's a go.
Stage 20: It's a go.

The organizers of the Giro d’Italia have determined that avalanche risks atop the race’s tallest climb are low enough to allow the inclusion of the Passo Gavia in the 20th stage on Saturday.

Race director Angelo Zomegnan held off on making the decision until an hour before the start after concerns were raised over weather and avalanche risks.

On Saturday morning, race organizer gave the green light for the ascent of the Passo Gavia, the highest climb of the 2010 Giro d’Italia and thus designated the race’s Cima Coppi.

Riders are scheduled to begin the stage at 12:20 p.m. and follow a route that will take them over five major climbs.