The weather on stage one of Paris-Nice looks a little challenging

Snow, rain, sleet, cold and wind - all ingredients for a fun day out on the bike for the riders at Paris-Nice

(Photo: Twitter/Etixx-Quick Step)

For a race nicknamed the 'Race to the Sun', there's a significant lack of sun on stage one of Paris-Nice, with riders battling snow, rain, sleet and cold.

The 198km between Condé-sur-Vesgre and Vendôme, south west of Paris, will feel a lot longer in the very wintry conditions, with the support crews in the team cars tweeting the miserable conditions.

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The Paris-Nice twitter account tweeted this video of the snow pouring out of the sky ahead of the race.

Etixx-Quick Step held a little competition - feel free to photoshop a sun in there to win...

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BMC went down a similar line of wordplay.

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Commentator Rob Hatch is at the finish line for Eurosport, but it looks like it's a pretty miserable place to be.

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Surprisingly there are some bare legs on show in the peloton. Knee warmers are a must, but several riders not covering their calves - perhaps that's why they're at the back.

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