Tim Merlier fined for cycling back down course after finishing Scheldeprijs

The Belgian had to hop the barriers in order to avoid colliding with riders still finishing the race

Tim Merlier at Scheldeprijs
(Image credit: GCN/Eurosport)

Tim Merlier has been fined 200 Swiss Francs by the UCI for cycling back down the course when other riders hadn't finished the race at Scheldeprijs on Wednesday.

The Alpecin-Fenix rider finished ninth at the race, 30 seconds behind winner Alexander Kristoff. Just three minutes later though, broadcast cameras captured him riding on the course in reverse direction, while a pack of nine riders sprinted towards the line. 

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Ryan is a staff writer for Cycling Weekly, having joined the team in September 2021. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before making his way to cycling. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer.