Merlier sprints to second stage win at Benelux Tour


Tim Merlier sprinted to a second win on the Benelux Tour in Thursday’s fourth stage in Ardooie but it was not enough to take the leader’s jersey from Stefan Bissegger.

You can rewatch STAGE 4 of 2021 Benelux Tour HERE

Stage 4 ended in a mass sprint at the end which Merlier, who won Monday’s opening stage, nicked ahead of former world champion Mads Pedersen, Danny Van Poppel and Peter Sagan.

“It’s really a victory for the team today because my teammates protected me perfectly from the wind and they placed me ideally in the narrow passages where everyone was very nervous,” explained the Belgian. “Suddenly, I was still fresh at the time of the sprint.”

It marked a ninth win of the year for Merlier who also won the second stage of the Giro and the third stage of the Tour de France.

The sprinters will be less involved over the last three days of the race, in the Flemish mountains on Friday, on the slopes of the Ardennes on Saturday and up the Mur de Grammont at the finish of the last stage on Sunday.

Bissegger holds a 13sec lead over Kasper Asgreen.


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