The peloton races through a snowstorm in the 2013 Milan San Remo
With large chunks of the northern hemisphere currently experiencing heavy snowfall, we thought we’d take a pictorial look back at some of the snowy moments endured by the peloton.
Early-season races are often blighted by bad weather, particularly when they hit higher altitudes. Snow and ice can linger on in the mountains right into the start of summer – and can sometimes shape a race.
Occasionally, snowfall will lead to a race being cancelled or re-routed, but sometimes the riders just have to dress up against the elements and get on with it. A rider than can endure freezing conditions and stay upright can prevail.
And there’s no denying that snowy scenery can make for a stunning backdrop for photos.
Bad weather hinders a stage of the 1992 Paris-Nice, the so-called ‘race to the sun’
Of course, snow needn’t be a hindrance: for some cyclo-cross races it’s par for the course, like this night-time event in Diegem