Vine: "I told Tim: ‘bad luck’"

Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck): "It would have been pretty special to have Tim [Merlier] win today. We gave it everything we had, the team pulled all day to set him up for a sprint. We kept Tim as easy as possible in the peloton but sometimes it just doesn’t go your way. I told him: ‘bad luck’. It’s bike racing. There’s 180 riders in the field and only one winner every day. It’s tough but there’s still more opportunities to go. Tomorrow will be fun. It’s a pretty drafting climb. We’ve had three relatively easy days in a row so I’m looking forwards to spinning the legs over some climbs."

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