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Giro Notebook, Stage 16: Stetina vows comeback; Meier hanging tough; snow for Stelvio

Snow in the forecast for Stelvio

Despite snowfall on the highest peaks as a storm continues to blow through northern Italy, the Passo dello Stelvio climb remains clear and snow-free – for now.

A winter storm continues to broil across the Alps and forecasters are calling for cold temperatures and snow at higher elevations. Bormio – located 1,000 meters lower than the Stelvio summit – is forecasted to have to highs of 45 F and a 60-percent chance of precipitation on Saturday. Of course, the Stelvio summit at 2,757 meters, will be much colder.

Right now, race organizers are waiting to see how the weather will play out. They are convinced that even if it snows, crews will be able to clear the roads to allow the peloton to climb to the summit. Another danger, however, would be avalanches sweeping down the steep cliffs onto the road.

If the summit were neutralized, it would have a major impact on the overall battle for the pink jersey. Riders like Ivan Basso and Michele Scarponi are counting on the final uphill summit to take back time.