The Milan-San Remo bike race offered up some terrible weather conditions for biking, forcing race officials to actually allow the transporting of bikers through a 50km portion of the track. However, since the wind and snow were so bad, that portion would have been perilous, making the decision to give bikers a bus ride well advised.
German sprinter Gerald Ciolek won the snow-hit Milan-San Remo classic one-day race.
Ciolek, riding for South African Team MTN, finished ahead of favourite Slovakian Peter Sagan and Swiss Fabian Cancellara in a sprint finish.
Team Sky's Ian Stannard was the best-placed British rider in sixth, with Mark Cavendish ninth, 14 seconds behind in the chasing pack.
The 298km race was temporarily halted after 117 kilometres.
Because of the appalling weather conditions, team buses had to transport the riders about 50km, bypassing the crucial climb of La Manie, to restart 130km from the finish.