Tim Merlier won the Belgian one-day race Le Samyn on Tuesday. The home rider of Alpecin-Fenix was partly due to his teammate Mathieu van der Poel, although the Dutchman broke his steering wheel in the final.
Van der Poel slipped on the last cobblestone section with Florian Sénéchal and got three other riders with him. He then kept his legs still and let the peloton return, after which sprinter Merlier convincingly finished the job in the sprint.
When starting the sprint, Van der Poel had to be absent, because he had broken off his steering wheel in the final phase. “Mathieu told me that and therefore tried to help me in a different way”, Merlier said after his tenth professional victory.
Behind the 28-year-old winner, Norwegian Rasmus Tiller and Italian Andrea Pasqualon sprinted to places two and three. French defending champion Hugo Hofstetter finished fifth. Mark Cavendish was not involved.
Van der Poel gives chase on Campenaerts
Van der Poel was already active when, with about 40 kilometers to go, he chased a large leading group, which had been created under the leadership of Victor Campenaerts. The Dutch champion managed to make the connection, but eventually also got the rest of the thinned out peloton with him.
Campenaerts then tried it alone, but the holder of the world hour record also did not manage to stay away on the tough cobblestone sections. An attack by Lukaz Wisniowski was also unsuccessful.
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