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Jay Vine: There’s a massive difference between the top and bottom teams

Jay Vine (UAE Team Emirates) at the 2023 Tour Down Under

Last October, when Jay Vine was still, officially at least, an Alpecin-Deceuninck rider, the idea of targeting the general classification at a Grand Tour seemed fanciful. Two stage wins at the Vuelta a España had illustrated his gifts in the mountains, but he insisted that three-week racing was about rather more than raw climbing talent.

“I think Grand Tours are a bit out of the question, we just don’t have the team to be able to do stuff in the mountains,” Vine said then, suggesting one-off exploits would remain the summit of his ambition in three-week races in 2023.

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