The removal of the 8,640-foot Gavia Pass from the Giro d'Italia will alter the dynamic of stage 16. While some riders will miss the high altitude, others will see opportunity on the punchier new route
Race officials are considering options if the Gavia remains snowbound, but it won't include a second Mortirolo climb
The Stelvio and Gavia passes have brought more problems than celebrations for the Giro d'Italia in recent years. Will they return anytime soon?
Stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia was a grim, cold, and dangerous affair, with bailout options, which begs the question of whether it was really necessary
Barring "some strange weather system," says the race director, the Giro will take on the snowy Stelvio and Gavia passes