Photo gallery: A hellish hailstorm at the Dauphiné

by Iain Treloar

The second stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné hit many of the familiar beats of this strange season: a furiously contested day’s racing, the intrigue of a Team Ineos apparently on the decline, and a rider in the colours of Jumbo-Visma winning the day, just as has been the case on seven occasions this August alone. But while there was ample excitement just at the pointy end of the race, perhaps the most dramatic part of the day came 15 minutes later.

In scenes reminiscent of the neutralised 19th stage of last year’s Tour de France, a massive summer storm that had been building over the mountains broke, sending hail pelting down onto the Col de Porte. As the spectators on the roadside scampered to find shelter, the battlers of the peloton rode on to the finish, some of them ending the day with painful welts from the impact of the hailstones.

On the scene were our photographers Jered & Ashley Gruber, who captured the drama of the moment.

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