Tim Merlier has won the Belgian one-day race Le Samyn on Tuesday.
After 205 kilometers, the Belgian rider from Alpecin-Fenix finished the work of his teammate Mathieu van der Poel, who seemed to break off his steering wheel in the final.
Van der Poel already showed himself to be active when, with about 40 kilometers to go, he chased a large leading group, which had been created under the leadership of Victor Campenaerts.
The Dutch champion managed to make the connection, but eventually also got the rest of the thinned out peloton with him.
Campenaerts then tried it alone, but the holder of the world hour record also did not manage to stay away on the tough cobblestone sections.
An attack by Lukaz Wisniowski was also unsuccessful.
Van der Poel then decided to sacrifice his chances for sprinter Merlier, although he eagerly slipped along when Florian Sénéchal tried to get away on the last cobblestone section.
However, he did not continue after that and saw the entire peloton return.
Merlier then gratefully completed the work of his captain.