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Is the Giro d’Italia’s Descending Competition Life-Threatening for Pros?

By Monica Buck

10 segments from the official route, including the ride down the Stelvio, have been designated by the officials for a new “descending competition”. The fastest rider in each of these segments will be awarded 500 euros and points for the classification. The overall winner will take home 5,000 euros, the second place is awarded 3,000 euros and the third 2,000 euros. Sounds pretty good? The riders aren’t too happy about it.


Overtaking on descents is never a good idea, and we remember the tragic death of Wouter Weylandt all too well. It was at the 2011 Giro d’Italia when the Belgian, trailing the peloton, tried to make up the time during the descent in the final parts of stage 3. He lost control of his bicycle, fell, and sadly died on the spot. And his fellow riders can’t forget the day either.

Not a single team has yet released an official statement, but the pros themselves have spoken. What do you think about the idea? Do you support it? Let us know in the comments.