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Snow forces Milan-San Remo route reduction

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Taylor Phinney (BMC)

Taylor Phinney (BMC)
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Snow meant that the Milan-San Remo course had to be changed

Snow meant that the Milan-San Remo course had to be changed
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A mechanic works on a rider's bike

A mechanic works on a rider's bike
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The peloton waits some more.

The peloton waits some more.
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Cannondale Factory Racing riders lined up for the re-start.

Cannondale Factory Racing riders lined up for the re-start.
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The peloton, all bundled up for the next phase of Milan San-Remo

The peloton, all bundled up for the next phase of Milan San-Remo
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Racers try to stay dry before the second start.

Racers try to stay dry before the second start.
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A Garmin-Sharp rider

A Garmin-Sharp rider
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An Orica rider

An Orica rider
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Lars Bak blows hot air into his gloves.

Lars Bak blows hot air into his gloves.
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale)

Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
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Liquigas-Cannondale riders ready to start. Again.

Liquigas-Cannondale riders ready to start. Again.
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The race caravan awaits the re-start

The race caravan awaits the re-start
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The lemon is an old trick to help braking in the rain.

The lemon is an old trick to help braking in the rain.
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A mechanic takes the time to work on a bike before the second start.

A mechanic takes the time to work on a bike before the second start.
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A Chinese rider on the Argos-Shimano team

A Chinese rider on the Argos-Shimano team
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No one looked too thrilled by today's weather.

No one looked too thrilled by today's weather.
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A GreenEdge rider dressed in black

A GreenEdge rider dressed in black
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Racers at the re-start

Racers at the re-start
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Cannondale riders ready to go

Cannondale riders ready to go
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Riders all lined up and awaiting the start

Riders all lined up and awaiting the start
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Racers roll out for the re-start

Racers roll out for the re-start
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Robbie Hunter (Garmin-Sharp)

Robbie Hunter (Garmin-Sharp)
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Fabian Wegmann (Garmin-Sharp)

Fabian Wegmann (Garmin-Sharp)
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David Millar (Garmin-Sharp)

David Millar (Garmin-Sharp)
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A rider tucks in behind the Katusha car

A rider tucks in behind the Katusha car
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Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp)

Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp)
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The peloton stops in Ovada

The peloton stops in Ovada
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The start of the Turchino

The start of the Turchino
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Snow meant that the Milan-San Remo course had to be changed

Snow meant that the Milan-San Remo course had to be changed
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Snow falls near Turchino

Snow falls near Turchino
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The snow and bad weather which have hit Europe has forced a change in the course of Milan-San Remo. Snow on the Turchino climb was ruled too dangerous for the peloton to take on.

Instead of riding the first and biggest climb of the race, the breakaway and peloton climbed into team buses in Ovada to bypass the snow-covered climb, from the 117km mark to the 163km mark on the other side, cutting some 47 km from the route. Cyclingnews crossed the Turchino by car but it would have been impossible for the riders to reach the summit due to snow.

The six-rider breakaway will be allowed to start from Arenzano with the same seven-minute advantage it had on the peloton in Ovada.

Riders were covered in snow as they climbed off their bikes and onto the team buses. Some tweeted images of themselves and their teammates.