Merlier edges out Groenewegen in photo finish at Brugge-De Panne


Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) was all smiles Wednesday after clinching victory in a photo finish at the Brugge-De Panne.

In the dash for the line Dylan Groenwegen came closest finishing second and Nacer Bouhanni took third.

“I launched quickly, and I was a bit lucky that the door didn’t close,” Merlier said after his victory. “I felt Groenewegen coming and had to ‘snake’ as we say, but in the end, it was just enough.

“The run-up to the sprint was actually indescribable. If they would show pictures of that… I’m glad I got to the finish safely. I knew the dangerous parts. A fresh peloton is always dangerous, of course.


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