Thursday’s second stage of the 2017 Tour de Romandie may have been shortened due to snowy conditions, but that didn’t stop it from presenting a severe challenge to the riders.
Much of the stage from Aigle to Bulle was run in snowfall, with riders reverting to full winter kit as they tried to keep the elements at bay.
After the stage, riders and teams took to social media to share their experience of the day – and not all of them were happy.
Lotto-Soudal’s Thomas De Gendt appeals to the UCI:
Alex Dowsett (Movistar) makes light of the cold conditions:
Chad Haga (Team Sunweb) is thankful for small mercies:
Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) puts the day at the top of his nightmare list:
Movistar sends a message to Scottish clothing supplier Endura:
It wasn’t just the cold that caused the problem, it was the thawing out afterwards too:
Vasil Kirienka (Team Sky) doesn’t look altogether happy:
The master of understatement:
British Lotto-Soudal rider James Shaw agrees with De Gendt’s suggestion:
Swiss rider Stefan Küng (BMC) took the victory from a breakaway, as Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo) continued in the overall race lead. The 2017 Tour de Romandie finishes on Sunday.