James Piccoli needed several minutes to recover from his huge effort in the breakaway that decided stage 3 of the Tour of the Alps and to overcome the disappointment of missing out on the victory.  

The Canadian Israel-Premier Tech rider finished sixth, just four seconds and a few metres behind stage winner Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe). As Kämna was hugged by teammate Cian Uijtdebroeks beyond the finish line, Piccoli was pushed aside by the photographers and television crews but he hardly noticed. He hung his head over his bike, taking deep breaths and letting the pain of the stage and his disappointment of defeat ease away.


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