Twitter reacts after snow, cold force cancellation of Stage 3 at Paris-Nice

The spring cycling season is well underway in Europe, and the early dates on the calendar are proving problematic for riders and organizers at the Paris-Nice stage race.

Stage 3 through Beaujolais wine country was to feature seven climbs, but snow and cold greeted riders at the start and then caused the peloton to be neutralized about halfway through the stage and sent ahead to a new starting point.

Conditions continued to deteriorate and the stage was eventually canceled altogether. The race will resume Thursday with a 195.5km ride from Julienas to Romans-sur-Isere, with more wet and cold weather forecast.

The weather led to scenes one might expect at the Winter Olympics rather than an elite road race.

Most riders had fun with the situation and applauded the decision to scrap the stage, though many also wondered why there wasn't a backup plan in place or why the race is held at this early date at all.