If there’s a God, they had been wanting down on the Critérium du Dauphiné as we speak, ready for Primož Roglič and firm to cross the end line earlier than the heavens opened and hailstorms rained down upon mountainside followers in addition to the riders nonetheless battling up the Col de Porte.
A crack of thunder had interrupted Chris Froome’s post-race interview, coincidentally throughout a query about Jumbo-Visma, the staff paying homage to thunderbolts each in look and the best way they’ve been racing post-lockdown.
Not lengthy after, the hail started. Followers rushed for canopy and Egan Bernal was escorted off a collapsing podium.
Jumbo-Visma’s Tony Martin nonetheless hadn’t crossed the road, retreating to the roadside with spectators, hiding underneath an inflatable raft while ready for the skies to clear.
“There’s Tony!” Mrs Roglič cried out after recognising the German lastly crossing the road. She had sought refuge from the hailstones together with Primož Junior inside our automotive as we queued to get down the mountain, the yellow lion teddy left to fend for itself underneath a marquee outdoors.
“Fortunately it’s the Panzerwagen,” she added. If any of the Jumbo-Visma squad might have survived an HC climb throughout such antagonistic climate circumstances, he might.
Riders battled to remain throughout the time restrict, together with Dan Martin, who sheltered within the VIP tent for 20 minutes earlier than with the ability to get to his staff bus to warm-up. The Irishman crashed on the stage and can now bear medical checks to guage his situation.
One other rider who suffered bodily was Tim Declerq, the tractor receiving a number of scratches to the paintwork throughout his ascent. “As if the Dauphiné was not painful sufficient for the legs,” he joked afterwards.
“I used to be blissful that it was raining,” Jumbo-Visma’s Sepp Kuss had stated earlier than the worst of the climate arrived and adjusted his thoughts. “The previous couple of days and the primary race of the season [return] I used to be dying within the warmth so once I noticed the rain I assumed it might be a superb day.”
The way in which Jumbo-Visma are using since racing resumed, one other storm appears to be brewing. The Dutch squad up to now appears to be like to have the measure of Ineos, the 2 high WorldTour groups set to proceed testing one another out over the following few days on this warm-up race, regardless of the climate.