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To the courageous escapees and the last-bend opportunists.
To the engines, the servants and the leaders.
To the unsung heroes and all the men who lay themselves on the line to do battle and bring home the scars and the trophies.
To the sub-zero climbs and the wet cold of a spring that refused to arrive.
To the dented pride and dropped shoulders, the muscles that just want to surrender.
To all 27 of you.
You are heroes.
And we salute you…