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Benelux Tour: Tim Merlier wins opening stage

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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 Tim Merlier of Belgium and Team AlpecinFenix celebrates winning during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) wins stage 1 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 Tim Merlier of Belgium and Team AlpecinFenix celebrates winning and kissing his teams jersey during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Tim Merlier celebrates stage 1 victory in Dokkum (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 Tim Merlier of Belgium and Team AlpecinFenix sprint to win ahead of Phil Bauhaus Germany and Team Bahrain Victorious Fernando Gaviria Rendon of Colombia and UAE Team Emirates lvaro Jos Hodeg Chagui of Colombia and Team Deceuninck QuickStep and Max Walscheid of Germany and Team Qhubeka Nexthash during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Sprinters charge to the line in Dokkum on stage 1 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 Emmanuel Morin of France and Team Cofidis Toms Skujins of Latvia and Team Trek Segafredo and Taco Van Der Hoorn of Netherlands and Team Intermarch Wanty Gobert Matriaux and the peloton compete during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Echelons in the peloton form with front group driven by Emmanuel Morin of Team Cofidis, Toms Skujins of Trek - Segafredo and Taco Van Der Hoorn of Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 Dylan Groenewegen of Netherlands and Team Jumbo Visma competes during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Dylan Groenewegen of Team Jumbo - Visma during stage 1 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 LR Max Walscheid of Germany and Michael Gogl of Austria and Team Qhubeka Nexthash compete during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Team Qhubeka Nexthash's Max Walscheid of Germany and Michael Gogl of Austria compete during stage 1 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 Logan Owen of United States and Team EF Education Nippo competes during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Logan Owen of United States and Team EF Education - Nippo would be part of seven-rider breakaway (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 LR Ludovic Robeet of Belgium and Team Bingoal WB and Julien Duval of France and AG2R Citren Team compete in the breakaway during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Seven-rider breakaway led by Ludovic Robeet of Team Bingoal WB and Julien Duval of AG2R Citren Team on stage 1 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 LR Guillaume Boivin of Canada and Team Israel StartUp Nation and Luke Durbridge of Australia and Team BikeExchange compete in the breakaway during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Another look at the seven-rider breakaway, led here by Guillaume Boivin of Israel StartUp Nation and Luke Durbridge of Team BikeExchange (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 LR Logan Owen of United States and Team EF Education Nippo and Ward Vanhoof of Belgium and Team Sport Vlaanderen Baloise compete in the breakaway during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Halfway through the 169.9km stage, the breakaway had a 3:20 advantage (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 LR Sebastian Henao Gomez of Colombia Gianni Moscon of Italy Leonardo Basso of Italy and Michal Golas of Poland and Team INEOS Grenadiers prepare for the race prior to the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Ineos Grenadiers ready for 169.9km stage 1 (L-R) Sebastian Henao Gomez of Colombia, Gianni Moscon of Italy, Leonardo Basso of Italy and Michal Golas of Poland (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 LR Tim Merlier of Belgium and Team AlpecinFenix and Tom Dumoulin of Netherlands and Team Jumbo Visma prepare for the race prior to the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Preparing for the start are Tim Merlier of Belgium and Team Alpecin-Fenix and Tom Dumoulin of Netherlands and Team Jumbo - Visma (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 LR Michael Schr of Switzerland and AG2R Citren Team and Philippe Gilbert of Belgium and Team Lotto Soudal prepare for the race prior to the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

At the start in Surhuisterveen are Michael Schär of Switzerland and AG2R Citröen Team and Philippe Gilbert of Belgium and Team Lotto Soudal (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 LR Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium and Gijs Van Hoecke of Belgium and AG2R Citren Team prepare for the race prior to the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium and Gijs Van Hoecke of Belgium and AG2R Citröen Team prepare for the race (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 Jasper Stuyven of Belgium and Team Trek Segafredo leads the peloton during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Jasper Stuyven of Trek - Segafredo leads the peloton (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 LR Michael Schr of Switzerland and AG2R Citren Team and Norman Hansen Lasse of Denmark and Team Qhubeka Nexthash compete during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Michael Schär of AG2R Citroën Team and Norman Hansen Lasse of Team Qhubeka Nexthash during stage 1 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 Dylan Groenewegen of Netherlands and Timo Roosen of Netherlands and Team Jumbo Visma compete during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Dylan Groenewegen and Timo Roosen of Jumbo - Visma during stage 1 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 A general view of the peloton compete while echelons are created due crosswind during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Did we mention echelons forming at Benelux Tour on stage 1? (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 A general view of the peloton compete during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Peloton on flat stage 1 from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DOKKUM NETHERLANDS AUGUST 30 A general view of the peloton compete during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1696km stage from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum BeneluxTour on August 30 2021 in Dokkum Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Stage 1 during 169.6km from Surhuisterveen to Dokkum (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) triumphed on the opening stage of the Benelux Tour, sprinting to victory from a group of 30 after crosswinds had split the field into pieces. 

The Belgian sprinter held off Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious) in the dash for the line in Dokkum, with Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-QuickStep) taking the final podium spot. 

The opening stage of the week-long race saw winds in the northern Netherlands split the race into echelons, with significant time gaps appearing on the first day of racing. 

Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) had made the front echelon but broke his front wheel with 30km to go and went on to finish almost a minute in arrears in a chasing pack that also contained Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers), Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma), and Greg Van Avermaet (AG2R Citroën). 

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) missed the first echelon and then crashed out of the second, eventually finishing nearly two and a half minutes down. 

The 169.6km opening stage was pan flat but took riders up for a winding route near the North Sea coast, where the exposed roads quickly saw the peloton split into five groups in the final 50km. 

Bahrain Victorious put five of their riders in the 40-man front group, while Evenepoel was present and correct alongside his teammate, the Tour of Flanders champion Kasper Asgreen. 

The big names to miss out were Sagan, Dumoulin, Van Avermaet, Gianni Moscon (Ineos Grenadiers), and Ivan Cortina (Movistar), who were all in a 20-rider chase group. Geraint Thomas was caught in the third echelon, but those groups did come together into one large chasing pack nearer the finish. 

Evenepoel broke his spokes with 29km to go and took an age to get a new wheel from neutral service. The frustrated Belgian had to watch the second echelon zip past, but he did manage to tag onto the third, before the groups came back together. 

At the finish, he had shipped 57 seconds to the front group, which contained many of the pre-race favourites. Sagan, up the road from Evenepoel at the time, then crashed and vented his own anger but was unable to back even into the swelled chase group, and he trundled home at 2:25. 

The stage concluded with two laps of a 12km finishing circuit, with the so-called ‘golden kilometre’ of three bonus sprints coming towards the end of the first lap. Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious), Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma), and Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) all claimed four seconds, before Tiesj Benoot (Team DSM), Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious), and Asgreen came through for the last sprint and triggered a brief breakaway attempt. 

The front group then stayed together until the finish, losing only four riders to the windy section on the second lap, and with Pöstlberger then only rider to try and solo clear in the finale. The Austrian was caught with 500 metres to go and the sprint was launched soon after.

Hodeg was the first to hit out but Merlier came from behind and surged clear. Bauhaus, who had to ease off the pedals when Hodeg burst through, came back strongly but Merlier had enough to hold on for his eighth win of the season.

"It was extremely hectic," said Merlier. "I don't know how, but it just happened. I had to do a sprint for that echelon. From then on I knew that I had to play along and not let myself be surprised on the crucial points.

"I felt good in the final, but it was difficult. There was also an attack, but Gianni [Vermeersch] was the ideal man for that. He could respond to anyone. In the end everything worked out and it is a great victory for the team."

Full results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 3:32:20
2Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain Victorious
3Alvaro Hodeg Chagui (Col) Deceuninck-QuickStep
4Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates
5Danny van Poppel (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
6Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
7Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Team Qhubeka Assos
8Stanislaw Aniolkowski (Pol) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB
9Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
10Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis
11Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
12Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal
13Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
14Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain Victorious
15Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
16Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team DSM
17Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team Qhubeka Assos
18Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe
19Cees Bol (Ned) Team DSM
20Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
21Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Team DSM
22Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
23Stefan Bissegger (Swi) EF Education-Nippo
24Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Qhubeka Assos
25Luke Durbridge (Aus) Team BikeExchange
26Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
27Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo
28Logan Owen (USA) EF Education-Nippo
29Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep
30Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
31Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
32Stijn Steels (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
33Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain Victorious
34Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:57
35Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spa) Movistar Team
36Arne Marit (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
37Jonathan Milan (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
38Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
39Milan Menten (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB
40Thimo Willems (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
41Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team DSM
42Fred Wright (GBr) Bahrain Victorious
43Boy van Poppel (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
44Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
45Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
46Barnabás Peák (Hun) Team BikeExchange
47Timo Roosen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
48Taco van der Hoorn (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
49Laurenz Rex (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB
50Andrey Amador (CRc) Ineos Grenadiers
51Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel Start-up Nation
52Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
53Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
54Olav Kooij (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
55Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
56Gianni Moscon (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
57Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
58Ben Swift (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
59Anthony Jullien (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
60Michael Schär (Swi) AG2R Citroën Team
61Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
62Jordi Warlop (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
63Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
64Alexis Renard (Fra) Israel Start-up Nation
65Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Start-up Nation
66Edoardo Affini (Ita) Jumbo-Visma
67Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
68Senne Leysen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
69Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Israel Start-up Nation
70Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
71Marc Hirschi (Swi) UAE Team Emirates
72Mikkel Bjerg (Den) UAE Team Emirates
73Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Israel Start-up Nation
74Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Bahrain Victorious
75Jack Bauer (NZl) Team BikeExchange
76Alexander Konychev (Ita) Team BikeExchange
77Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ
78Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep
79Jake Stewart (GBr) Groupama-FDJ
80Norman Vahtra (Est) Israel Start-up Nation
81Casper Pedersen (Den) Team DSM
82Sean De Bie (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB
83Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix
84Andreas Stokbro (Den) Team Qhubeka Assos
85Jos van Emden (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
86Michal Golas (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers
87Antoine Duchesne (Can) Groupama-FDJ
88Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
89Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
90Aimé De Gendt (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
91Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal
92Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Team DSM
93Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education-Nippo
94Mitch Docker (Aus) EF Education-Nippo
95Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Movistar Team
96Leonardo Basso (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
97Mathias Norsgaard (Den) Movistar Team
98Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
99Dries De Bondt (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
100Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech 0:01:51
101Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Cofidis
102Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo
103Szymon Sajnok (Pol) Cofidis
104Timothy Dupont (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB
105Arjen Livyns (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB
106Tom Bohli (Swi) Cofidis 0:02:19
107Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
108Daniel Arroyave Cañas (Col) EF Education-Nippo 0:02:26
109Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
110Ward Vanhoof (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:03:08
111Sebastian Mora Vedri (Spa) Movistar Team 0:03:24
112Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) UAE Team Emirates 0:05:39
113Sam Bewley (NZl) Team BikeExchange 0:05:47
114Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
115Rune Herregodts (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
116Charlie Quarterman (GBr) Trek-Segafredo
117Emmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis
118Fabian Lienhard (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
119Petr Vakoc (Cze) Alpecin-Fenix
120Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Start-up Nation
121Attilio Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
122Héctor Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team
123Iljo Keisse (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
124Callum Scotson (Aus) Team BikeExchange
125Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
126Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
127Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
128Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
129Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal
130Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
131Michael Gogl (Aut) Team Qhubeka Assos
132Finn Fisher Black (NZl) UAE Team Emirates
133Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates
134Matteo Sobrero (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
135Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB
136Davide Villella (Ita) Movistar Team
137Yevgeniy Gidich (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech
138Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) EF Education-Nippo
139Julius van den Berg (Ned) EF Education-Nippo
140Hugo Houle (Can) Astana-Premier Tech
141Samuele Battistella (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
142Attila Valter (Hun) Groupama-FDJ
143Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Movistar Team
144Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Team Qhubeka Assos 0:13:50
145Harry Tanfield (GBr) Team Qhubeka Assos
146Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers
147Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Team DSM
148Ludwig De Winter (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
149Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
150Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal
DNFFabio Felline (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
DNSJakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana-Premier Tech

General classification after stage 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 3:32:10
2Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain Victorious 0:00:04
3Alvaro Hodeg Chagui (Col) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:06
4Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
5Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain Victorious
6Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Team DSM 0:00:07
7Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
8Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain Victorious 0:00:08
9Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep
10Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:10
11Danny van Poppel (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
12Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
13Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Team Qhubeka Assos
14Stanislaw Aniolkowski (Pol) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB
15Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis
16Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
17Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal
18Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
19Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
20Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team DSM
21Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team Qhubeka Assos
22Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe
23Cees Bol (Ned) Team DSM
24Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
25Stefan Bissegger (Swi) EF Education-Nippo
26Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Qhubeka Assos
27Luke Durbridge (Aus) Team BikeExchange
28Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
29Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo
30Logan Owen (USA) EF Education-Nippo
31Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
32Stijn Steels (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
33Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain Victorious
34Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:07
35Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spa) Movistar Team
36Arne Marit (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
37Jonathan Milan (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
38Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
39Milan Menten (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB
40Thimo Willems (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
41Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team DSM
42Fred Wright (GBr) Bahrain Victorious
43Boy van Poppel (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
44Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
45Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
46Barnabás Peák (Hun) Team BikeExchange
47Timo Roosen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
48Taco van der Hoorn (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
49Laurenz Rex (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB
50Andrey Amador (CRc) Ineos Grenadiers
51Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel Start-up Nation
52Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
53Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
54Olav Kooij (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
55Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
56Gianni Moscon (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
57Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
58Ben Swift (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
59Anthony Jullien (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
60Michael Schär (Swi) AG2R Citroën Team
61Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
62Jordi Warlop (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
63Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
64Alexis Renard (Fra) Israel Start-up Nation
65Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Start-up Nation
66Edoardo Affini (Ita) Jumbo-Visma
67Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
68Senne Leysen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
69Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Israel Start-up Nation
70Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
71Marc Hirschi (Swi) UAE Team Emirates
72Mikkel Bjerg (Den) UAE Team Emirates
73Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Israel Start-up Nation
74Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Bahrain Victorious
75Jack Bauer (NZl) Team BikeExchange
76Alexander Konychev (Ita) Team BikeExchange
77Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ
78Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep
79Jake Stewart (GBr) Groupama-FDJ
80Norman Vahtra (Est) Israel Start-up Nation
81Casper Pedersen (Den) Team DSM
82Sean De Bie (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB
83Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix
84Andreas Stokbro (Den) Team Qhubeka Assos
85Jos van Emden (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
86Michal Golas (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers
87Antoine Duchesne (Can) Groupama-FDJ
88Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
89Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
90Aimé De Gendt (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
91Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal
92Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Team DSM
93Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education-Nippo
94Mitch Docker (Aus) EF Education-Nippo
95Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Movistar Team
96Leonardo Basso (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
97Mathias Norsgaard (Den) Movistar Team
98Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
99Dries De Bondt (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
100Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech 0:02:01
101Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Cofidis
102Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo
103Szymon Sajnok (Pol) Cofidis
104Timothy Dupont (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB
105Arjen Livyns (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB
106Tom Bohli (Swi) Cofidis 0:02:29
107Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
108Daniel Arroyave Cañas (Col) EF Education-Nippo 0:02:36
109Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
110Ward Vanhoof (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:03:18
111Sebastian Mora Vedri (Spa) Movistar Team 0:03:34
112Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) UAE Team Emirates 0:05:49
113Sam Bewley (NZl) Team BikeExchange 0:05:57
114Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
115Rune Herregodts (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
116Charlie Quarterman (GBr) Trek-Segafredo
117Emmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis
118Fabian Lienhard (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
119Petr Vakoc (Cze) Alpecin-Fenix
120Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Start-up Nation
121Attilio Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
122Héctor Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team
123Iljo Keisse (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
124Callum Scotson (Aus) Team BikeExchange
125Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
126Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
127Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
128Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
129Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal
130Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
131Michael Gogl (Aut) Team Qhubeka Assos
132Finn Fisher Black (NZl) UAE Team Emirates
133Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates
134Matteo Sobrero (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
135Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB
136Davide Villella (Ita) Movistar Team
137Yevgeniy Gidich (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech
138Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) EF Education-Nippo
139Julius van den Berg (Ned) EF Education-Nippo
140Hugo Houle (Can) Astana-Premier Tech
141Samuele Battistella (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
142Attila Valter (Hun) Groupama-FDJ
143Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Movistar Team
144Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Team Qhubeka Assos 0:14:00
145Harry Tanfield (GBr) Team Qhubeka Assos
146Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers
147Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Team DSM
148Ludwig De Winter (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
149Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
150Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal

Points classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 30
2Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain Victorious 25
3Alvaro Hodeg Chagui (Col) Deceuninck-QuickStep 22
4Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates 19
5Danny van Poppel (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 17
6Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo 15
7Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Team Qhubeka Assos 13
8Stanislaw Aniolkowski (Pol) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB 12
9Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 11
10Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis 10

Super 8 classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Arjen Livyns (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB 23
2Luke Durbridge (Aus) Team BikeExchange 17
3Ward Vanhoof (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 15
4Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB 9
5Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Start-up Nation 6
6Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 5

Teams classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bahrain Victorious 10:37:00
2Lotto Soudal
3Qhubeka NextHash
4Team DSM
5Deceuninck-QuickStep
6Trek-Segafredo
7Alpecin-Fenix 0:00:57
8Bora-Hansgrohe
9EF Education-Nippo
10Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:01:54
11Bingoal WB
12Jumbo-Visma
13AG2R Citroën Team
14Team BikeExchange
15UAE Team Emirates
16Groupama - FDJ
17Cofidis 0:02:48
18Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:02:51
19Ineos Grenadiers
20Israel Start-up Nation
21Movistar Team
22Astana-Premier Tech 0:13:25

Deputy Editor - Europe. Patrick joined Cyclingnews after a work experience stint in 2015 and hasn't left. Prior to that, he studied French and Spanish at university and went on to train as a journalist. Rides his bike to work but more comfortable on a football pitch.

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