The second stage of biking’s Critérium du Dauphiné led to chaos as riders have been pelted by giant hailstones.
Opponents have been caught within the unhealthy climate a number of kilometers from the race end on the high of the Col de Porte within the south-west of France.
“Many riders — together with our boys — have been hit by one hell of a hailstorm,” stated a tweet from Israel Begin-Up Nation (ISN).
“The scene was complete chaos and mayhem … riders operating for canopy, hit exhausting by icy mini ping pong balls.”
Belgian bike owner Tim Declercq was left with giant crimson welts on his again from the hail, which descended shortly after the race leaders had completed.
“As if Le Dauphiné was not painfull (sic) sufficient for the legs #hailstones,” Declercq wrote on Instagram.
He later posted a photograph exhibiting how the redness had began to subside.
One other rider, B&B Accommodations-Very important Idea’s Maxime Chevalier, additionally had crimson marks throughout his again.
“It was loopy, the hail was so large,” stated ISN’s Man Niv in a video posted by the staff on social media.
“Usually when you may have this sort of hailstone you simply keep dwelling however we have been nonetheless using, we nonetheless had virtually 2km to the highest of the climb.
“I felt fairly unhealthy for the spectators as nicely on the facet of the highway as a result of they have been there with none shelter.
“It was fairly painful really. I simply needed to complete with it and go straight into the bus … it was not the best expertise for the tip of today.”
Based on ISN, one of many staff’s riders took cowl in a tent 500 meters from the end, whereas Group Jumbo-Visma’s Tony Martin was given an inflatable raft to shelter underneath by a fan.
The 135km stage, which began in Vienne, was received by Slovenian rider Primož Roglic, who broke away from the lead pack within the ultimate kilometer and completed eight seconds forward of France’s Thibaut Pinot.