Tim Merlier claims the victory at Nokere Koerse


Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) took the victory at Nokere Koerse using his power to overtake Max Walscheied (Cofidis) and Arnaud De Lie (Lotto Soudal).

“This is my home race – for the public it was great, there were many people out there,” Merlier said. “There was some pressure – when I raced it was like racing worlds in Leuven last year, there was so much atmosphere and everyone wanted me to win because I’m from here.

While Groupama-FDJ looked to have positioned Bram Welten in the best position, he faded in the final kilometer, before the final left turn.

Merlier was the best-positioned rider onto the final straight when he came off of Walscheid’s wheel and held him all the way to the line, seemingly with ease.


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