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Giro organizers confirm rerouting of stage 19 due to snow

POLSA, Italy (AFP) — Giro d’Italia organizers have confirmed that winter weather has forced them to reroute Friday’s 19th stage to avoid the Passo di Gavia and Passo dello Stelvio.

Originally set for 139 kilometers, the stage from Ponte di Legno to Val Martello will climb the Cat. 2 Passo del Tonale (8.3km, 7.5 percent) after just 5km and the Cat. 1 Passo Castrin (8.4km, 9.5 percent), which tops out 79km into the 160km leg.

The 22.4km finish climb at Val Martello, to 2059 meters elevation, is also ranked first category. The climb average 6.4 percent, with a maximum gradient of 14 percent.

Snow is forecast Friday on the Gavia and Stelvio passes. Forecasters are calling for a snow/rain mix at the Passo del Tonale on Friday.