Alpecin-Fenix sprint switching strategy paying dividends at Tour de France

Alpecin-Fenix sprint switching strategy paying dividends at Tour de France

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PONTIVY, FRANCE - JUNE 28: Tim Merlier of Belgium and Team Alpecin-Fenix stage winner celebrates at arrival, Jasper Philipsen of Belgium and Team Alpecin-Fenix, Nacer Bouhanni of France and Team Arkéa Samsic & Davide Ballerini of Italy and Team Deceuninck - Quick-Step during the 108th Tour de France 2021, Stage 3 a 182,9km stage from Lorient to Pontivy / @LeTour / #TDF2021 / on June 28, 2021 in Pontivy, France. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Tim Merlier won stage 3 ahead of teammate Jasper Philipsen, while Mathieu van der Poel celebrates in the background (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Merlier, Philipsen and Van der Poel celebrate the stage 3 win (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The Tour de France is back in the hands of the sprinters as the peloton takes on stage 6 from Tours to Châteauroux on Wednesday, with a host of fast men set to vie for victory at the end of the 160-kilometre stage.

Most of the major sprint teams have one main sprinter to support during this Tour – which still has a possible six sprint finishes still to go – though one squad is notably bucking that trend so far. Alpecin-Fenix‘s strategy sees them switching sprint leadership duties between Tim Merlier and Jasper Philipsen, all while team leader and maillot jaune Mathieu van der Poel takes his own chances.

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