Tom Boonen: UCI Extreme Weather Protocol should have been used at Paris-Nice

The Etixx-Quick Step rider thinks the snowy conditions on stage one of Paris-Nice were enough to warrant an intervention based on the UCI's Extreme Weather Protocol

Tom Boonen during a gap in the poor weather. Photo: Graham Watson

Multiple Classics champion Tom Boonen has voiced criticism of the UCI after stage one of Paris-Nice on Monday.

Riding 195km from Condé-sur-Vesgre to Vendôme the riders faced snow and cold rain for large parts of the day, and as such Boonen believes there were ground for the UCI's Extreme Weather Protocol to be enacted.

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online.