Riders hit by 'icy ping pong balls' as hailstorm descends on cycling's Critérium du Dauphiné

    Cyclist Tim Declercq was pelted with hail during the Critérium du Dauphiné

    (CNN)The second stage of cycling's Critérium du Dauphiné ended in chaos as riders were pelted by large hailstones.

    Competitors were caught in the bad weather a few kilometers from the race finish at the top of the Col de Porte in the south-west of France.
    "Many riders -- including our boys -- were hit by one hell of a hailstorm," said a tweet from Israel Start-Up Nation (ISN).
      "The scene was total chaos and mayhem ... riders running for cover, hit hard by icy mini ping pong balls."