Italy's Transport and Infrastructure Minister Enrico Giovannini has called for the route for Friday's 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia to be changed to avoid the area in the north of the country where 14 people were killed in a cable car accident.

The cycling race is scheduled to pass through the Mottarone mountain, where the Stresa-Mottarone gondola plunged to the ground on Sunday near the shore of Lake Maggiore, but an alternative route is being discussed.

"Enrico Giovannini asks to change the route of the third last stage of the race out of respect for the victims of the tragedy of the cable car," the transport ministry said in a statement.

"In the technical meeting held yesterday in Stresa with local institutions and authorities, the Minister had agreed on the advisability of changing the route and immediately contacted the organisers."

Initial reports said the cable snapped as the gondola neared the end of its 20-minute journey to the top of the Mottarone mountain.

Colombian Egan Bernal leads the Giro d'Italia after 16 stages of the race, with Tuesday a rest day. Ireland's Dan Martin is 12th overall after battling to 16th place on Monday's stage.