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Rain-soaked Tour Down Under prologue reveals overall contenders – Analysis

Alberto Bettiol won the opening Tour Down Under stage

Unusual Australian summer rain wrecked the hopes of many of the Tour Down Under prologue contenders but added an extra twist to the battle for overall victory, with riders having to take massive risks on the wet roads to stay in contention of the first WorldTour race of 2023.

Alberto Bettiol (EF Education-Easypost) was one of just a handful of riders to race on dry roads and took advantage of the conditions to set a blazing time of 6:19 for the 5.5km course around the banks of River Torrens in the centre of Adelaide.

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