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Extreme weather in 2015 - Gallery

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Riders avoid getting their feet wet during a stage of the Tour de San Luis

Riders avoid getting their feet wet during a stage of the Tour de San Luis
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Geraint Thomas takes a tumble during Gent-Wevelgem

Geraint Thomas takes a tumble during Gent-Wevelgem
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Gert Steegmans picks himself out of a canal after being blown off the road during Gent-Wevelgem

Gert Steegmans picks himself out of a canal after being blown off the road during Gent-Wevelgem
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Philippe Gilbert wins a rain-soaked stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia

Philippe Gilbert wins a rain-soaked stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia
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Can you guess who it is? Salvatore Puccio rides through the mist at the Vuelta a Espana

Can you guess who it is? Salvatore Puccio rides through the mist at the Vuelta a Espana
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Lukasz Wisniowski throws some water over him during the Abu Dhabi Tour

Lukasz Wisniowski throws some water over him during the Abu Dhabi Tour
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Wout Poels cools down after the queen stage of the Tour of Oman

Wout Poels cools down after the queen stage of the Tour of Oman
(Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Francisco Ventoso protects himself from the Oman desert

Francisco Ventoso protects himself from the Oman desert
(Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Borut Bozic helps Vincenzo Nibali to safety ahead of the cancelled stage 5 at the Tour of Oman

Borut Bozic helps Vincenzo Nibali to safety ahead of the cancelled stage 5 at the Tour of Oman
(Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Snow during the Volta a Catalunya

Snow during the Volta a Catalunya
(Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Gert Steegmans as he heads towards a canal during Gent-Wevelgem

Gert Steegmans as he heads towards a canal during Gent-Wevelgem
(Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Echelons at the Tour of Oman

Echelons at the Tour of Oman
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Alexander Kristoff feels the heat at the Tour of Oman

Alexander Kristoff feels the heat at the Tour of Oman
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Snow fell at the Tour of Alberta, in August

Snow fell at the Tour of Alberta, in August
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Confusion at the Tour of Alberta leads Laurent Dider to ask where in the race he is

Confusion at the Tour of Alberta leads Laurent Dider to ask where in the race he is
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The road turns into a quagmire at the Tour of Alberta

The road turns into a quagmire at the Tour of Alberta
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Peter Weening cools down after stage 3 of the Tour de Langkawi

Peter Weening cools down after stage 3 of the Tour de Langkawi
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Alessandro de Marchi wins in the fog on stage 14 of the Vuelta a Espana

Alessandro de Marchi wins in the fog on stage 14 of the Vuelta a Espana
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The start of stage 5 of the Tour of Oman was moved due to a sandstorm

The start of stage 5 of the Tour of Oman was moved due to a sandstorm
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After the sandstorm came the heat and the riders argue with organisers before eventually cancelling stage 5

After the sandstorm came the heat and the riders argue with organisers before eventually cancelling stage 5
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Tirreno-Adriatico's team time trial had to be cancelled after storms hit the region

Tirreno-Adriatico's team time trial had to be cancelled after storms hit the region
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Riders enjoy the cooling spray of water at the end of a Tour de Langkawi stage

Riders enjoy the cooling spray of water at the end of a Tour de Langkawi stage
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Nairo Quintana won stage 5 of Tirreno-Adriatico in the snow

Nairo Quintana won stage 5 of Tirreno-Adriatico in the snow
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The Ferrari symbol on this Europcar Colnago is almost obscured by the snow

The Ferrari symbol on this Europcar Colnago is almost obscured by the snow
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Tirreno-Adriatico was affected by the weather once again

Tirreno-Adriatico was affected by the weather once again
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Peter Sagan wins in the rain on stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatico

Peter Sagan wins in the rain on stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatico
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The road is one of the few things not covered in snow during this Volta a Catalunya stage

The road is one of the few things not covered in snow during this Volta a Catalunya stage
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Riders strewn everywhere during 2015's blowy edition of Gent-Wevelgem

Riders strewn everywhere during 2015's blowy edition of Gent-Wevelgem
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Mark Cavendish isn't too impressed by the weather at Gent-Wevelgem

Mark Cavendish isn't too impressed by the weather at Gent-Wevelgem
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Vincenzo Nibali and Sep Vanmarcke split from their group during stage 2 of the Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali and Sep Vanmarcke split from their group during stage 2 of the Tour de France
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Stage 2 of the Tour de France was battered by the elements

Stage 2 of the Tour de France was battered by the elements
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An exhausted Tony Gallopin after a scorching stage 10 of the Tour de France

An exhausted Tony Gallopin after a scorching stage 10 of the Tour de France
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Rigoberto Uran shows some skin as he tries to keep cool during the Tour de France

Rigoberto Uran shows some skin as he tries to keep cool during the Tour de France
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Adam Yates gets covered in mud during the Tour of Alberta

Adam Yates gets covered in mud during the Tour of Alberta
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There were no shortages of extreme weather conditions sweeping through the peloton during the 2015 season. So much so that the UCI tested out a new Extreme Weather Protocol during several races, and then decided to add it the UCI Regulations at a two-day Management Committee meeting during the World Championships in Richmond, Virginia.

Some of the drastic weather conditions that the peloton faced during races this year began in February at the Tour of Oman, where stage 5 ended in an argument between riders and organisers over security concerns regarding the extreme heat, with riders claiming that their SRM showed readings of 50 degrees Celsius.

High winds blew through the field during Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde and Gent-Wevelgem, which were partially neutralized. The team time trial course at Tirreno-Adriatico was affected by rain and high winds that apparently damaged some of the roads, and the stage was altered to a shorter individual time trial instead. Later in that same race, Nairo Quintana won the queen stage 5 under snowfall on the summit to Terminillo.

Snowy conditions have affected races before with the 2014 Giro d'Itala, where snow dumped on the Gavira and Stelvio stage. And the 2013 Milan-San Remo was shortened due to snow and bad weather that ended up ruling out racing over the Turchino climb.

At the end of the 2015 season, extreme weather hit the peloton again with heat at the Abu Dhabi Tour, with riders claiming it was upwards of 50 Celsius during the opening stage. The stage was eventually shorted by only 14.5km and the riders still raced the 159km, some four hours in the heat. 

Check out the gallery of extreme weather that the peloton faced during the 2015 season.