Dauphiné hailstones were so big they left indentation marks on helmets

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(Image credit: Tim Declercq / Instagram)

Chris Froome was just about to answer the final question in his post-stage grilling by the media on the Col de Porte when his face was lit up by lightning flashing above the buttress-like Chartreuse peaks towering over the Critérium du Dauphiné summit finish. Almost instantly, a deafening clap of thunder announced the arrival of a frighteningly powerful storm.

Within minutes, the road was awash with large hailstones, forcing most of those at the summit to run for any shelter they could find – marquees, trees and, in the case of race leader Primoz Roglic's partner Lora Klinc and their young son, the car of this correspondent. 

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