Stage one of the Tour de Romandie on Wednesday has been shortened due to snowfall and continuing adverse weather conditions in Switzerland.
The stage has been shortened to 109 kilometres from its original distance of 169 kilometres, with the first categorised climb of the day removed – the second category Col des Etroits, peaking at 1152 metres above sea level.
The team presentation prior will still be held in the original start town of La Chaux-de-Fonds, then the riders will assemble in Mathod at 2.50pm local time for the stage start, 60km into the original route.
Three categorised climbs are still included in the stage, with a bunch finish expected in Moudon.
Snow showers and low temperatures affected the WorldTour race’s opening prologue time trial on Tuesday, with some riders complaining of the conditions.
Early prologue starters had the advantage of dry roads, as later riders – including the majority of the general classification contenders – had to tackle the route with caution due to wet and slippery conditions.
Spaniard Ion Izagirre (Movistar) won the prologue to take the early race lead ahead of Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) in second and Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) in third. Welshman Geraint Thomas (Sky) placed fourth.
The six-day Tour de Romandie concludes on Sunday, May 1.
Much of Europe is currently experiencing a period of unusually cold weather, with Sunday’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège re-routed due to snow. Snow has also fallen on parts of this weekend’s Tour de Yorkshire route.