Milan-San Remo shortened after heavy snow forces riders to dismount their bikes
There were astonishing scenes at a snow-affected Milan-San Remo in northern Italy.
Last Updated: 17/03/13 2:48pm
Frozen racers climbed off their bikes after 117km due to treacherous conditions up ahead on the Passo del Turchino.
With ice covering their helmets and faces distorted by the cold, the riders were then taken to the coastal town of Cogoleto, where they remounted their bikes 126km from the finish.
Below is a selection of Twitter photos taken by riders on their buses and general shots of the conditions.