Watch: Riders and fans lashed by hailstorm at Criterium du Dauphine


A huge hailstorm battered the riders, fans, and race officials with large hailstones right after the favorites crossed the finish line in the second stage of the Criterium du Dauphine.

Spectators were forced to crouch under trees for cover while riders were forced to a near standstill, and in some cases walked for a period, such was the volume of water and slush on the roads on the Col de Porte up the finish line.

Tony Martin took shelter under a tree alongside fans, while photos of Tim Declercq showed his back covered in red welts from the hailstones.

Maxime Chevalier of B&B Hotels-Vital Concept showed similar pelts on his back in an image posted on the team’s social account.

Riders battled to stay within the time limit, including Dan Martin, who sheltered in the VIP tent for 20 minutes before being able to get to his team bus to warm-up.


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