Tim Merlier beats Jasper Philipsen in Baloise Belgium Tour final stage sprint showdown

Tim Merlier (Soudal-QuickStep) won the final stage of the 2024 Baloise Belgium Tour
Tim Merlier (Soudal-QuickStep) won the final stage of the 2024 Baloise Belgium Tour (Image credit: Getty Images)

Tim Merlier (Soudal-QuickStep) claimed the final stage 5 victory at the Baloise Belgium Tour, his second win in the five-day race. Merlier out-paced rivals Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) and Tom Van Asbroeck (Israel-Premier Tech) in the bunch sprint in Brussels.

"The shape is still OK. It's the best sprint of the week, so I'm happy with it. What can I say, I won today, again, so, I'm really happy," Merlier said.

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