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‘Who came up with this shit?’ – Giro d’Italia best descender prize attracts criticism from riders

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Ilnur Zakarin

The 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia, which begins Friday in Sardinia, will feature a prize for the best descender as determined by 10 timed descents.

The news has been met with incredulity and criticism, with professional riders and cycling fans alike questioning the wisdom of such a move.

In the light of the recent death of 21-year-old American rider Chad Young, who crashed on a descent in the Tour of the Gila, some riders have condemned the prize, branding it as a “life threatening idea”.

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