Merlier: Alpecin-Fenix responded to criticism with our legs

One day after Deceuninck-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere suggested that his team would be able to isolate and defeat the likes of Mathieu van der Poel and his rider Florian Sénéchal suggested that the Dutch champion is Alpecin-Fenix‘s only option, the team responded in the most powerful way possible. Alpecin-Fenix beat the WorldTour team at their own game, with Tim Merlier savouring the victory in Tuesday’s Le Samyn.

Not only did the ProTeam take the victory, they shut down a full-on effort by Deceuninck-QuickStep to deliver Sénéchal and Mark Cavendish to the finish.

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