Freezing temperatures and snowfall mean first 24km are removed from race route

Organisers of the Tour de Romandie have taken the decision to shorten stage two of the race due to low temperatures and the risk of snowfall.

The second road stage of the race had been scheduled to depart the ski resort of Champéry this morning, with the first few kilometres being a descent down the road which the peloton climbed to the summit finish yesterday.

However the stage will now depart from Aigle, cutting the first 24km off the route to Bulle, as temperatures hovered around freezing close to the stage start.

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The decision of the organisers has received widespread praise from riders and teams.

Good decision by then organisers of the @TourdeRomandie to move the start to the valley due to the snow. Thank you! #weatherprotocol.

Stage two of the race will now be 136km in length, with the finish still scheduled for around 17.20 local time (16.20 BST).