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Old 06-04-04, 11:11 AM
Bring the tech
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The idea behind doing a TT prologue is to give you a specific leader, as opposed to a mass-start where you could have a mass finish in which case the top people will all have the same time, you still have a winner of the stage to wear the jersey, but it doesn't look like much of a race when your top 10 riders are all 0:00 behind the leader, plus then you have a bunch of stages before some kind of decisive stage (mountain or TT) to seperate the pack.

It's more of a marketing thing for both the tour and the teams.

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