Three weeks after he held court under a motorway bridge at the Tour of Oman, Fabian Cancellara again found himself leading the call for rule changes after extreme weather at Tirreno-Adriatico.
Whereas the stifling 45-degree heat of the desert was the issue in February, on Sunday riders felt the other end of the spectrum, riding the final kilometres to the top of the Terminillo in a blizzard.
>>> In pictures: Tirreno-Adriatico’s freezing mountain test
And Cancellara took to Twitter, along with some of his fellow riders, to call for changes to be made to ensure that the peloton’s health and safety is taken into account in such conditions.
In Oman, Cancellara led the discussions between race organisers and the striking peloton under a flyover as several riders suffered punctures caused by the sizzling tarmac.
In Italy, however, the riders ploughed on to the finish, with Filippo Pozzato also stating his displeasure. "You [spectators] may like this 'show'. In my PERSONAL opinion ... NO! (Criticize me as well)" reads his tweet sent after the race.
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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
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