Tim Merlier powers to victory on Benelux Tour 2021 stage one

The Belgian sprinted to the line first from a reduced leading group

Tim Merlier wins stage one of the 2021 Benelux Tour
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Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) continued to his stellar run of form in 2021 as he sprinted to victory on the opening stage of the Benelux Tour.

The Belgian beat Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain-Merida) and Álvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) to the line from a reduced front group, powering clear with no one able to get close to rounding him before the line in Dokkum, the Netherlands.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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