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Foul weather and landslides are threatening to throw a kink into what’s promising to be an exciting showdown for the 2010 Giro d’Italia.
Race organizers will decide by 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning if they can take the peloton over the 2618m Passo di Gavia climb and the 2315m Forcola di Livigno as planned in Saturday’s 178km penultimate stage.
Snow is threatening the highest reaches of the Gavia while two recent landslides have spilled down on the roads up the Forcola di Livigno, the first of five rated climbs in Saturday’s final mountain stage.
“We will keep an eye on the weather. If it gets worse, we will make a decision with the UCI jury,” said Giro race director Angelo Zomegnan. “We will continue with the plan, but there is a ‘Plan B’ that has three options.”
Zomegnan said the Giro hopes to hold the stage as planned.
The original route tackles the monster, 35km Forcola climb at 72km. The route then loops north to hit the Gavia – the highest point of the 2010 Giro – at 148km before the final 30km run to the finish line at the Tonale summit.
Zomegnan said the race has several contingencies if either the Forcola or Gavia, or both, force a re-routing. All include 4,000 vertical meters of climbing.
Depending on which climb might be replaced, the Giro would be re-routed over the Mortirolo and/or the Santa Cristina-Trivigno climbs featured in Friday’s stage.