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Like most works of literature, bicycle races have a central theme, a common thread weaving through kilometre after gruelling kilometre, tying everything together. Of these themes, a rather common one is that of redemption – from past mistakes, from embarrassment, from so-closes and near-misses, from the stranglehold of failure, from the high expectations of others, now fulfilled.
This quest for redemption, whether successful or not, will be the 2021 Tour de Romandie ’s defining element, executed in some way during every stage of this race, a race which could be fairly described as one of the more difficult examples of its genre. We’ll get to that – the difficult stuff, of which there is plenty – soon enough. First, the introduction. The Prologue
Prologues, like team time trials, are a dying breed in stage racing, having become increasingly few in number over the past ten years. Technically speaking, a prologue is a short time trial, usually under ten kilometres in length. Its purpose is, like the prologue in a book, expository. A prologue introduces the riders, lays bare their current form, and decides who gets to wear the leaders’ jersey on the first day of a stage race which has serious strategic implications for the participating teams.
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