Gallery: Amazing images from the Giro stage we never saw

by Matt de Neef

It was set to be the toughest stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia. More than 5,500 metres of climbing over 212 km, with four monster climbs and the highest point in the race. While stage 16 was ultimately shortened due to bad weather, we still got an epic day’s racing.

The Passo Fedaia and Passo Pordoi were lopped out of the route, but the Passo Giau still provided plenty of drama. Not that we got to see it on TV. With helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft unable to fly, the host broadcasters were relying on 4G coverage to beam pictures of the race to the world.

As expected, coverage proved patchy at best on the Passo Giau. For roughly the last hour of the race, as riders climbed the Passo Giau then descended to the finish, TV viewers were left watching fixed camera feeds at the finish line. Thankfully for us, the Grubers – Ashley and Jered – and Kristof Ramon were all atop the Passo Giau. As you’ll see below, they captured some remarkable images from a stage in which Egan Bernal won in the maglia rosa, further extending his overall lead.

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