Belgian sprinter stamps into 2022 with victory

Belgian Tim Merlier from the team Alpecin-Fenix ​​had a great 2021 with nine victories, and now he has also started in 2022.

On Tuesday, he was fastest in a sprint in the finish city of Sovicille, where no one could match Merlier’s speed in the last meters of Tirreno-Adriatico’s 2nd stage.

Merlier won ahead of Olav Kooij (Jumbo-Visma) and Kaden Groves (BikeExchange), while star rider Peter Sagan (TotalEnergies) had to settle for fourth place.

Best Dane was Kasper Asgreen, who as part of Quick-Step’s sprint train helped Davide Ballerini to a seventh place. The Dane himself became number 13.

The top of the overall standings is still identical to what the best single-start riders left on the 1st stage.

Ineos Italian Filippo Ganna leads ahead of Asgreen’s team-mate Remco Evenepoel, while Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar is in third place.

Tirreno-Adriatico is run over seven stages on the Italian roads, and on Wednesday there are good opportunities for another sprint decision when the field runs from Murlo to Terni.

By Editor

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