By Nigel Wynn
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.
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