Cafe du Cycliste draft a plough up Col de la Bonette

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.

Watch the video.