Merlier wins UAE Tour stage 1 photo finish as echelons blow-up GC

Tim Merlier (Soudal-QuickStep) beat Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Dstny) by the tightest of margins to win to stage 1 of the UAE Tour, while his teammate Remco Evenepoel stole an early march on his GC rivals on an opening day of racing blown apart by crosswinds and echelons.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.

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