ABBIATEGRASSO, Italy – The prize money for the 19th stage of the Giro d’Italia cycling race on Friday will be donated to the victims of the cable car accident on Mount Mottarone, which cost 14 lives, said the Professional Cyclists Association (CPA).
The route for the stage had already been changed so that the peloton could not go up the mountain where 5-year-old Israeli Eitan Biran was the only survivor among the 15 people on board due to the tragedy last weekend. </ "The riders unanimously decided to donate all cash prizes for today's stage to little Eitan and to the families affected by this terrible tragedy," said the CPA.
The accident occurred about 100 meters from the last altitude station of the Cable car to the top of Mount Mottarone.
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Three managers of the cable car operator were arrested. The police accused them of deliberately disabling the emergency brake.
The Regina Margherita hospital in Turin, where he is being treated, said on Thursday that he was awake, communicating and will soon be transferred from the intensive care unit.
His aunt, a doctor living in Italy, is said to have been by his bed when he woke up. He suffered multiple fractures in the crash, although doctors found there was no neurological damage. He was gradually relieved of calmness as his condition improved.
The 19th stage on Friday was changed to bypass the Mottarone’s ascent in the highest category. The new, slightly shorter route still includes three categorized climbs – including a first-class one to the finish – on the 166-kilometer stage from Abbiategrasso to Alpe di Mera.
The Giro, which made history in Israel in 2018 with time trials, ends on Sunday in Milan with an individual time trial.
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