BicycleBenelux Tour: Tim Merlier wins opening stage

Benelux Tour: Tim Merlier wins opening stage


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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 Tim Merlier of Belgium and Team AlpecinFenix celebrates winning during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) wins stage 1 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 Emmanuel Morin of France and Team Cofidis Toms Skujins of Latvia and Team Trek Segafredo and Taco Van Der Hoorn of Netherlands and Team Intermarch Wanty Gobert Matriaux and the peloton compete during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Echelons in the peloton form with front group driven by Emmanuel Morin of Team Cofidis, Toms Skujins of Trek – Segafredo and Taco Van Der Hoorn of Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 Dylan Groenewegen of Netherlands and Team Jumbo Visma competes during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Dylan Groenewegen of Team Jumbo – Visma during stage 1 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 LR Max Walscheid of Germany and Michael Gogl of Austria and Team Qhubeka Nexthash compete during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Team Qhubeka Nexthash’s Max Walscheid of Germany and Michael Gogl of Austria compete during stage 1 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 Logan Owen of United States and Team EF Education Nippo competes during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Logan Owen of United States and Team EF Education – Nippo would be part of seven-rider breakaway (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 LR Ludovic Robeet of Belgium and Team Bingoal WB and Julien Duval of France and AG2R Citren Team compete in the breakaway during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Seven-rider breakaway led by Ludovic Robeet of Team Bingoal WB and Julien Duval of AG2R Citren Team on stage 1 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 LR Guillaume Boivin of Canada and Team Israel StartUp Nation and Luke Durbridge of Australia and Team BikeExchange compete in the breakaway during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Another look at the seven-rider breakaway, led here by Guillaume Boivin of Israel StartUp Nation and Luke Durbridge of Team BikeExchange (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 LR Logan Owen of United States and Team EF Education Nippo and Ward Vanhoof of Belgium and Team Sport Vlaanderen Baloise compete in the breakaway during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Halfway through the 169.9km stage, the breakaway had a 3:20 advantage (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 LR Sebastian Henao Gomez of Colombia Gianni Moscon of Italy Leonardo Basso of Italy and Michal Golas of Poland and Team INEOS Grenadiers prepare for the race prior to the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Ineos Grenadiers ready for 169.9km stage 1 (L-R) Sebastian Henao Gomez of Colombia, Gianni Moscon of Italy, Leonardo Basso of Italy and Michal Golas of Poland (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 LR Tim Merlier of Belgium and Team AlpecinFenix and Tom Dumoulin of Netherlands and Team Jumbo Visma prepare for the race prior to the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Preparing for the start are Tim Merlier of Belgium and Team Alpecin-Fenix and Tom Dumoulin of Netherlands and Team Jumbo – Visma (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 LR Michael Schr of Switzerland and AG2R Citren Team and Philippe Gilbert of Belgium and Team Lotto Soudal prepare for the race prior to the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

At the start in Surhuisterveen are Michael Schär of Switzerland and AG2R Citröen Team and Philippe Gilbert of Belgium and Team Lotto Soudal (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 LR Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium and Gijs Van Hoecke of Belgium and AG2R Citren Team prepare for the race prior to the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium and Gijs Van Hoecke of Belgium and AG2R Citröen Team prepare for the race (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 Jasper Stuyven of Belgium and Team Trek Segafredo leads the peloton during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Jasper Stuyven of Trek – Segafredo leads the peloton (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 LR Michael Schr of Switzerland and AG2R Citren Team and Norman Hansen Lasse of Denmark and Team Qhubeka Nexthash compete during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Michael Schär of AG2R Citroën Team and Norman Hansen Lasse of Team Qhubeka Nexthash during stage 1 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 Dylan Groenewegen of Netherlands and Timo Roosen of Netherlands and Team Jumbo Visma compete during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Dylan Groenewegen and Timo Roosen of Jumbo – Visma during stage 1 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 A general view of the peloton compete while echelons are created due crosswind during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Did we mention echelons forming at Benelux Tour on stage 1? (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 A general view of the peloton compete during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Peloton on flat stage 1 from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 A general view of the peloton compete during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Stage 1 during 169.6km from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) triumphed on the opening stage of the Benelux Tour, sprinting to victory from a group of 30 after crosswinds had split the field into pieces. 

The Belgian sprinter held off Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious) in the dash for the line in Dokkum, with Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) taking the final podium spot. 



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