Tim Merlier leaves Giro d'Italia with fatigue

CANALE ITALY MAY 10 Tim Merlier of Belgium and Team AlpecinFenix Purple Points Jersey during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 3 a 190km stage from Biella to Canale girodiitalia Giro on May 10 2021 in Canale Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
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Tim Merlier has abandoned the Giro d’Italia due to fatigue, with his Alpecin-Fenix team confirming he will head home to Belgium and not start Wednesday’s stage to Montalcino. 

"It is a shame I have to leave the Giro. But I believe it’s the most sensible choice right now," Merlier said.  

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