The men’s Tour Down Under kicks off with a prologue time trial on Tuesday evening in Adelaide. The time differences created by the 5.5km loop around River Torrens are set to reveal the real overall contenders but keep the overall battle for victory tantalisingly close.
It is the first time a prologue time trial has been included in the Tour Down Under. Race director and former rider Stuart O’Grady wanted to mix up the format of the race in his first year in full charge as the race returns after a two-year COVID-19 pandemic hiatus.
He has replaced the final stage and final showdown on Willunga Hill with perhaps a harder final stage that ends atop Mount Lofty, overlooking downtown Adelaide.
“This race has come down to seconds before and so the prologue will be crucial. It mixes the racing up a bit and is a great way to start this race. It’ll be really interesting,” Geraint Thomas predicted despite ruling himself out after the recurrence of an infection.
“The course is technical, with a few corners. It’s the first big five-minute effort of the year and so it’ll hurt."
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