Tim Merlier: I want to show that 2021 was not just a lucky year

Alpecin-Fenix's sprinter on the "dream" of winning at the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, and riding with Mathieu van der Poel

Tim Merlier
Tim Merlier in the points jersey at the Giro d'Italia last year
(Image credit: Getty Images)

There was just one man who won a stage at the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France last year. Alpecin-Fenix's Tim Merlier. 

Perhaps he is not one of the sport's brightest lights, but the Belgian finished joint fifth on victories in 2021, ahead of his more illustrious team-mate Mathieu van der Poel. 

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.