We've heard of drafting buses, tractors, even bin lorries if you can stand the whiff, but snow ploughs?
Apparently that's what the Cafe du Cycliste chaps have turned into a tradition every year. OK, drafting might not be strictly accurate, since that would require the snow plough to move at a rate that generated a slipstream, but they follow that plough up the Col de la Bonette to be the first to the top as the road opens.
Brings a whole new meaning to the term virgin slopes.
On May 28 the Giro d'Italia will tackle the same climb. Without a snow plough.