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Julien Vermote back to his best after lost 2021 seasonBelgian helps set up Merlier's De Panne victory after recovering from toxoplasmosis
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The Classic Brugge-De Panne delivered for the sprinters in 2022, coming down to a breathtakingly close competition on the line, with Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) claiming victory at the end of the 207.9km race across the flat roads of Belgium.
Olav Kooij (Jumbo-Visma) launched the sprint with 250 metres left to run but it proved too early a start for the 20-year-old, with Merlier emerging alongside the barriers and BikeExchange-Jayco’s Dylan Groenewegen in the middle of the road and quickly charging past.
Merlier and Groenewegen then matched each other to the line, with the Belgian ultimately taking a victory that could be measured in millimetres. The photo finish was absolutely essential to deliver clarity.
Nacer Bouhanni (Arkéa-Samsic) darted out from behind Groenewegen to take third, just a wheel back from the leading duo. Then it was Maximilian Walscheid (Cofidis) and Kooij held on for fifth place.
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix||4:45:41|
|2||Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) BikeExchange-Jayco|
|3||Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Arkea-Samsic|
|4||Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Cofidis|
|5||Olav Kooij (Ned) Jumbo-Visma|
|6||Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ|
|7||Simone Consonni (Ita) Cofidis|
|8||Arnaud De Lie (Bel) Lotto Soudal|
|9||Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo|
|10||Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain Victorious|
Classic Brugge-De Panne news and features
- Julien Vermote back to his best after lost 2021 season
- No joy for Cavendish as QuickStep train derailed in De Panne
- Riders blast 'ridiculous' dangers of Classic Brugge-De Panne
- Haussler: Mohoric is a freak, anything is possible for him
- How to watch the Classic Brugge-De Panne – Spring Classics live streaming
- Cavendish gets the nod for Classic Brugge-De Panne
- Jumbo-Visma reinstate Hofstede after COVID-19 vaccine refusal
What happened in 2021?
Sam Bennett claimed the first one-day WorldTour victory of his career in the Classic Brugge-De Panne in 2021.
The Irishman who was then racing for Deceuninck-QuickStep topped Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) who hit out first, with Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) settling for third.
Bennett's win was Deceuninck-QuickStep's second Classic of the season after Davide Ballerini won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.
Classic Brugge-De Panne 202223 March 2022 | Bruges | WorldTour
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