Jay Vine: Rumours of Tour de France debut are ‘a bit of a fantasy’

GARD FRANCE FEBRUARY 05 Jay Vine of Australia and Team AlpecinFenix competes in the breakaway ahead of Tobias Halland Johannessen of Norway and UNO X Pro Cycling Team White Best Young Rider Jersey during the 52nd toile De Bessges Tour Du Gard 2022 Stage 4 a 145km stage from Saint Hilaire de Brethmas to Mont Bouqueton 617m EDB2022 February 05 2022 in Gard France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Jay Vine (Alpecin-Fenix) racing at Étoile de Bessèges earlier in the 2022 season (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Jay Vine’s self-assessment was bracing and, in the circumstances, excessively harsh. In a social media post after stage 2 of the Volta ao Algarve, the Australian reckoned his performance on the race’s first summit finish to have been ‘pathetic,’ but the Alpecin-Fenix rider's account of his afternoon in the Serra de Monchique made no concession to the context.

In truth, Vine shouldn’t have been in Portugal at all this week. After a fine outing at Étoile de Bessèges, where he placed second at Le Mont Bouquet and 8th in the final time trial, he travelled to Turkey for the Tour of Antalya. A bout of gastroenteritis limited him to riding just 20km of the opening stage.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.