Ten times bad weather made bike races even tougher

There's nothing tougher than a long, hard fought bike race. That is, unless it's got the added measure of some abhorrent weather conditions thrown in

Vincenzo Nibali wins stage twenty at the 2013 Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Watson)

Whether or not you agree that protocols should be put in place to prevent riders having to race in extreme weather conditions, there's no doubt that past battles in the mud, rain and snow have made for some memorable spectacles.

Here we take a look at some of the outstanding bad weather racing moments that stood out in our minds, but as always, let us know what we've missed in the comments section below.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).