Alberto Bettiol wins time-trial prologue at Tour Down Under

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Italian cyclist Alberto Bettiol took advantage of an early start and dry course to win the 5.5-kilometer time trial prologue at the Tour Down Under. Bettiol was the fourth of 139 riders to start the stage over a twisting course along the Torrens River in downtown Adelaide. He set a time of 6 minutes, 19.73 seconds and then sat for more than two hours as none of the later riders managed to better his mark. Bettiol says “I like this race and I’ll be really proud to wear the jersey of the Tour Down Under tomorrow morning.”

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