After the blazing heat of stages ten and 11, the rain came down to soak the Tour de France peloton on stage 12, which finished atop the Plateau de Beille.
But it proved to be a case of the calm after the storm, in the riding sense, as the race for the yellow jersey temporarily stagnated.
While the GC men rode in together, with the few attacks that were made shut down by Team Sky, Joaquim Rodriguez was lighting up the mountain and
soloing to victory.
Relive the stage in photos in the wide-screen gallery below.
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After the rain, comes the rainbow
Michal Kwiatkowski, in the rainbow stripes of world champion, was the first man to escape the peloton, putting in a huge solo dig up the road when he dropped his two fellow counter-escapees (pic: Sirotti)
Doing what he does best
But on the steep pitches of the final climb, it was Joaquim Rodriguez who surged clear (pic: Sirotti)
It never rains, it pours
Spectators were out in their numbers, but the weather conditions were far from ideal for riding (pic: Sirotti)
Though some riders, like the sunstroke-afflicted Romain Bardet, relished a day in cooler conditions (pic: Sirotti)
Louis Meintjes recovered well from a crash, which he suffered as the weather turned (pic: Sirotti)
Calm in the storm
Chris Froome's overall lead remained in tact as the GC group rode together (pic: Sirotti)
A victory on the Classics climb of the Mur de Huy and now on the HC mountain, showcase Rodriguez at his very best (pic: Sirotti)
Just a second
Alejandro Valverde's sprint for the line earned him a second on the yellow jersey group...
Reigning in the rain
You will encounter rain - it's how you deal with it that makes the difference (pic: Sirotti)
Nairo Quintana contemplates what must be done to crack Team Sky's resolve (pic: Sirotti)
Three of a kind
Joaquim Rodriguez's stage win is the third of his career at the Tour de France (pic: Sirotti)
No wonder he's smiling
The first mountain stages couldn't have gone much better for Chris Froome (pic: Sirotti)