Belgian Tim Merlier won a sprint finish for the second stage of the Giro d’Italia on Sunday with Italy’s Filippo Ganna holding the leader’s pink jersey. Merlier, 28, riding for Alpecin, finished ahead of two Italians, European champion Giacomo Nizzolo and Elia Viviani, to claim his fourth win of the season.
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“I’m very happy with this victory in my first sprint at a Grand Tour,” said Merlier.
“I was confident before tackling the Giro. I knew it was important to be well-positioned at the last roundabout.