No Tour de France for Tim Merlier in 2022

Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix)
Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Last year, Tim Merlier won a stage at the Tour de France and was part of Alpecin-Fenix's two-pronged strategy along with star Mathieu van der Poel. But the Belgian will not be reprising that role as the team has chosen to stay with their plan to send Jasper Philipsen alongside Van der Poel to the Tour.

"I'll get ready, you never know someone might drop out," Merlier said in an interview with Het Nieuwsblad. "I hope that I will be selected for the Vuelta. But I haven't heard from the team yet."

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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Managing Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. As former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks. Laura specialises in covering doping, anti-doping, UCI governance and performing data analysis.