Riders forced under makeshift rafts as hailstorm batters Critérium du Dauphiné

Tony Martin was forced to take shelter during the final kilometres as Tim Declerq showed off his prize for making it to the finish

Tony Martin and Tim Declerq (Israel Start Up Nation/Tim Declerq)

If there is a God, they were looking down on the Critérium du Dauphiné today, waiting for Primož Roglič and company to cross the finish line before the heavens opened and hailstorms rained down upon mountainside fans as well as the riders still battling up the Col de Porte.

A crack of thunder had interrupted Chris Froome's post-race interview, coincidentally during a question about Jumbo-Visma, the team reminiscent of thunderbolts both in appearance and the way they've been racing post-lockdown.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.