Snow in Spain near the top of
the Port-Ainé. It's not a ski-station for nothing!
I woke up this morning to watch the double; Dwars door Vlaanderen and the queen stage 3 of the Volta a Catalunya.
Tuning in I discovered the classic Belgian race with odd sunshine and ...snow in Spain.
Spanish organizers decided to curtail the length of stage 3 by 55kms finishing on the Port del Canto sidestepping the mountain finish on the Port-Ainé.
I couldn't believe the snow plows, twitter provided on time images and I was more than surprise the stage continued. Many riders didn't finish; Valverde (DNS), Dumolin, Basso, Van Garderen, Andy Schleck this list goes on.
Only the tough rode and Janez Brajkovic, the Astana captain beat Michal Golas to win the snow-shortened stage. Organizers decided not to count the stage on the GC, so it's back to Albasni as overall leader 1:32sec on Ryder Hesjedal (second on GC).
Let's hope there's no need for the snow plows for stage 4!
The stage that never counted,
Brajkovic crosses the line.