Tim Merlier avoids disaster after Scheldeprijs finish

Tim Merlier avoids colliding with finishing riders by jumping fence at 2022 Scheldeprijs
Tim Merlier was caught on GCN video jumping fence at 2022 Scheldeprijs to avoid colliding with oncoming finishers (Image credit: Global Cycling Network)

Tim Merlier grabbed the attention of spectators and organisers at Scheldeprijs on Wednesday, but not for his sprint. A little more than three minutes had lapsed since he crossed the soggy finish line in Schoten in ninth place, and then he was spotted by broadcast cameras and course-side fans slow pedalling in a reverse direction on the course while a pack of nine riders steamrolled toward the finish.

The Alpecin-Fenix rider was seen escaping the charging contingent by lifting his bicycle and climbing over the barricades near the 250-metres to go marker.

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Jackie Tyson
North American Production editor

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp for several minor league teams. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road and gravel rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).