Merlier honours Weylandt's memory as he takes breakthrough Giro d'Italia stage win

Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) celebrates his stage victory on the podium in Novara
Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) celebrates his stage victory on the podium in Novara (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Ten years to the day since Wouter Weylandt died at the Giro d'Italia, Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) could hardly have made it clearer that his breakthrough Giro d'Italia stage win was his own special way of paying tribute to his fellow Belgian.

As he crossed the line first in Novara, Merlier held up his fingers in the shape of a W, honouring Weylandt's memory and simultaneously celebrating his own first victory in what is his debut Grand Tour.

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