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Giro d’Italia 2024, Stage 16: Livigno – Santa Cristina Valgardena/Sankt Christina in Gröden (Monte Pana), 202.0k 206.0k

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This, by the way, is Jensi solution for all Weather Protocol issues:

the people who decide if it's okay to ride, have to drive the stage in an open cabriolet, no matter the weather. And if it's to hot or to cold for them to do so, you don't ride.

Edit: thinking about it for a second, this could only work as an instrument of measurement if the people in the car also can only wear what a cyclist could realistically use. Also they should be on home trainers, which means that there probably needs to be an open Truck on which they all sit on the home trainers. And because this is a TV sports event, they'd also do their own race, like the E-Giro.

I don't know why everyone keeps on overthinking the problem or 'guessing' about the actual conditions based on social media posts (which is what we seem to get non-stop from the media & people in the peloton).

It's simple, i.e. like in F1 where the safety car does some laps in the rain to gauge the amount of water on the track: enrol some retired cycling pros as part of the UCI organism/whatever it's called & get them to ride the descent/or whichever part of the route is 'problematic' in full gear for 20km in the morning before the stage & then report back.

If it's too dangerous or too cold (& the weather forecast shows no improvement), they'll let the organizers know immediately. If it's 'okay', they race (or they can also 'neutralize' timings & everyone can go slow in the dangerous part as a stop-gap measure).
 
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I didn't read through everything but everyone keeps mentioning O'Connor.
What did he say?
"It's probably one of the worst organised races I think and I'm just being honest. This would never happen in 99% of other situations," O’Connor, who is fourth overall, told Eurosport.

O’Connor criticised Giro race director Mauro Vegni, adding: "I'd like to see him in our position, go outside on the bike and do the start of the stage and see what his answer is after those couple of hours.
"I wish he could experience it because then he would have a bit of a sense of what it's actually really like rather than turning on the climate in his car and saying this is great for people to watch."
 
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“It’s probably one of the worst organised races, I think and, I’m just being honest, this would never happen in 99% of other situations. It’s just a bit of a shame that it’s 2024 and you still have dinosaurs who don’t see the human side of things,”

Maybe he should ask Andy Hampsten. I know, I'm upitty in response to kind. If he doesn't like how the Giro is organized then boycott all RCS events. So no MSR, no TA and Lombardia. In fact, why doesn't he pull out now. Oh, wait, the sponsors...

I hope he never races up the Stelvio, Gavia, Fedaia and doesn't get mentioned amongst the greats who contributed to legandary cycling. At least he won't feel too cold and wet.
 
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Quintana still waiting for his complementary Pog glasses and jersey after 2nd place last stage.

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Majka usually brings it down to like 10 guys, he never dropped everyone else before, even it his prime. And he was pulling on the false flat as well
Well, since everyone else has given up on first place and the final climb was consistently steep so draft didn‘t matter, everybody just rode their own tempo and didn‘t follow Majka, who is basically the only gregario who does these launch ramp accelerations in the last 20 years. They could have, but it would be very dumb.
 
I don't know why everyone keeps on overthinking the problem or 'guessing' about the actual conditions based on social media posts (which is what we seem to get non-stop from the media & people in the peloton).

It's simple, i.e. like in F1 where the safety car does some laps in the rain to gauge the amount of water on the track: enrol some retired cycling pros as part of the UCI organism/whatever it's called & get them to ride the descent/or whichever part of the route is 'problematic' in full gear for 20km in the morning before the stage & then report back.

If it's too dangerous or too cold (& the weather forecast shows no improvement), they'll let the organizers know immediately. If it's 'okay', they race (or they can also 'neutralize' timings & everyone can go slow in the dangerous part as a stop-gap measure).
That exactly how it should be but that’s not what happened here. RCS had no clear criteria to make the decision about safety —which they said they did but were swayed by wa rider boycott threat. Then they revised the stage but riders didn’t agree with that essentially picked a new start point. Is that what F1teams and drivers do when track officials make a decision? Seems like a faulty comparison.
 
That exactly how it should be but that’s not what happened here. RCS had no clear criteria to make the decision about safety —which they said they did but were swayed by wa rider boycott threat. Then they revised the stage but riders didn’t agree with that essentially picked a new start point. Is that what F1teams and drivers do when track officials make a decision? Seems like a faulty comparison.

Maybe I didn't write that post properly but I'm basically 'spelling out' how it should be, aka the ideal set-up for these types of problems.

I don't know exactly what went down in Italy today (I can't be bothered to siphon through all the blame game on social media tonight) but in an 'ideal world' there needs to be an independent organism with credibility & authority which can come up with a literal scientific yes or no regarding the practicability of the racing conditions. That means IMO getting guys out there in racing gear to do a test run on the road.