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.
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…
BMC went down a similar line of wordplay.
Commentator Rob Hatch is at the finish line for Eurosport, but it looks like it’s a pretty miserable place to be.
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.