Snowfall in Spain ahead of the start of stage four of the 2017 Volta a Catalunya with the organiser reducing the length of the stage

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Riders taking part in the 2017 Volta a Catalunya in Spain awoke to the sight of snow on their team buses and bikes ahead of the fourth stage on Thursday. The race’s organiser has shortened the stage as a result of the conditions.

After the previous day’s stage atop La Molina, the teams were staying at altitude overnight with a short journey to the stage start.

Several teams and riders took to social media to post photos and videos of the snowy scene.

Morning. Used to love waking up to snow, not so much now… 🙈❄️ ☃️

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Hope it looks a bit better and less white at the start 😱🤒🌨❄️ #snowing #VoltaCatalunya

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Stage four was due to start in Llívia and finish in Igualada. The planned stage start was at an altitude of 1177 metres, then dropping down steadily for the first half of its 194.3 kilometres. After considering the weather conditions, the organiser moved the start 58km along the route.

The second half of the stage remains intact, featuring two minor categorised climbs – the third category Alt del Pubill and second category Turó del Puig, peaking 15km from the finish – before a descent to the line.

Volta Catalunya 2017 stage four profile

American Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) leads the general classification after stage three.

The 2017 Volta a Catalunya concludes on Sunday, March 26.