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2023 GP de Fourmies-Le Voix du Nord (HC), France

90th edition: Sunday (Dimanche), September 10, 2023

GP de Fourmies podium history | 2022 edition

Fourmies - Fourmies, 197.6 km

Tim Merlier wins the 2023 GP de Fourmies. Photio: Getty Sport

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Weather at the start/finish city of Fourmies at 3:20 PM, local time: 32C (87F), partly cloudy, with the wind from the southeast at 13 km/hr (8mph). No rain is forecast

The race: Here's the report from winner Tim Merlier's Team Soudal Quick-Step.

Tim Merlier netted Soudal Quick-Step’s 46th success of the season at the GP Fourmies, where he became the first Belgian in nine years to cross the finish line victorious. It was the 30-year-old's ninth win of the season, moving him to his goal of going into double-digits in his first year with the Wolfpack – a target about which he talked recently.

An undulating 197.6km course awaited the riders at the 90th edition of the French one-day race, where after a furious start with multiple attacks, the pace relented and five riders rode clear of the peloton. As soon as this happened, Soudal Quick-Step posted Tim Declercq at the front of the bunch, and “El Tractor” did again a flawless job, keeping the gap in check before gradually reducing it with each kilometer, unfazed by the many short climbs along the route.

After the breakaway was caught, another rider tried to slip away, but our team made sure of bringing him back with three kilometers to go. Things became hectic in the finale, but Tim Merlier remained in an excellent position at all times and opened up his sprint the moment he rounded the last bend of the race, giving no chance to his opponents and sailing to a clear win.

“The team did a great job today and I must thank them for that. I also had a good feeling and lots of confidence, which helped me when I lost the boys a bit in that crazy final kilometer. I opened up the sprint early, but I had enough power to hold it, and this makes me very happy. I’m looking forward now to my next appointment, the Tour of Slovakia”, said Tim after his 32nd pro victory.

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Complete results:

197.6 kilometers raced at an average speed of 44.644 km/hr

1 Tim Merlier Soudal Quick-Step 4hr 25min 34sec
2 Gerben Thijssen Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
3 Matteo Moschetti Q36.5 Pro Cycling s.t.
4 Alexander Kristoff Uno-X s.t.
5 Paul Penhoët Groupama-FDJ s.t.
6 Niccolo Bonifazio Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
7 Arnaud Démare Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
8 Alvaro Hodeg UAE Team Emirates s.t.
9 Arne Marit Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
10 Jason Tesson TotalEnergies s.t.
11 Maël Guégan CIC U Nantes Atlantique s.t.
12 Nathan Vandepitte Bingoal-WB s.t.
13 Dylan Groenewegen Jayco-AlUla s.t.
14 Marc Sarreau Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
15 Karl Patrick Lauk Bingoal-WB s.t.
16 Søren Wærenskjold Uno-X s.t.
17 Javier Serrano EOLO-Kometa s.t.
18 Max Walscheid Cofidis s.t.
19 Tobias Ludvigsson Q36.5 Pro Cycling s.t.
20 Corey Davis Q36.5 Pro Cycling s.t.
21 Giacomo Nizzolo Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
22 Rick Pluimers Tudor Pro Cycling s.t.
23 Jonathan Couanon Nice Métropole-Côte d'Azur s.t.
24 Matteo Trentin UAE Team Emirates s.t.
25 Vito Braet Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
26 Cédric Beullens Lotto Dstny s.t.
27 Sandy Dujardin TotalEnergies s.t.
28 Nicolas Tivani Corratec-Selle Italia s.t.
29 Fabio Christen Q36.5 Pro Cycling s.t.
30 Ruben Apers Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
31 Mirco Maestri EOLO-Kometa s.t.
32 Rait Ärm Van Rysel-Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.
33 Luka Mezgec Jayco-AlUla s.t.
34 Noa Isidore CIC U Nantes Atlantique s.t.
35 Alexis Renard Cofidis s.t.
36 Scott McGill Human Powered Health s.t.
37 Paul Hennequin Nice Métropole-Côte d'Azur s.t.
38 Ryan Gibbons UAE Team Emirates s.t.
39 Cyrus Monk Q36.5 Pro Cycling @ 3sec
40 Andrii Ponomar Corratec-Selle Italia s.t.
41 Mikkel Bjerg UAE Team Emirates s.t.
42 Brady Gilmore Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
43 Simon Pellaud Tudor Pro Cycling s.t.
44 Anthony Maldonado Saint Michel-Mavic-Auber 93 s.t.
45 Théo Delacroix Saint Michel-Mavic-Auber 93 s.t.
46 Emilien Jeannière TotalEnergies s.t.
47 Simon Dehairs Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
48 Lawrence Naesen Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
49 Lionel Taminiaux Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
50 Oliver Naesen Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
51 Christophe Noppe Cofidis s.t.
52 Samuele Rivi EOLO-Kometa s.t.
53 Bram Welten Groupama-FDJ s.t.
54 Manuel Oioli Q36.5 Pro Cycling 0:08
55 Jens Reynders Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
56 Damien Girard Nice Métropole-Côte d'Azur s.t.
57 Madis Mihkels Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
58 Gijs Van Hoecke Human Powered Health s.t.
59 Omer Goldstein Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
60 Elmar Reinders Jayco-AlUla s.t.
61 Jon Rye-Johnsen CIC U Nantes Atlantique 0:11
62 Campbell Stewart Jayco-AlUla s.t.
63 Thomas Boudat Van Rysel-Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.
64 Emmanuel Morin CIC U Nantes Atlantique s.t.
65 Luca De Meester Bingoal-WB s.t.
66 Samuel Leroux Van Rysel-Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.
67 Jérémy Leveau Van Rysel-Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.
68 Michael Mørkøv Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
69 Vegard Stake Laengen UAE Team Emirates s.t.
70 Bert Van Lerberghe Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
71 Edouard Bonnefoix Nice Métropole-Côte d'Azur s.t.
72 Fabio Jakobsen Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
73 Ludovic Robeet Bingoal-WB s.t.
74 Fabio Van Den Bossche Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
75 Rick Zabel Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
76 Norman Vahtra Van Rysel-Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.
77 Jan Stöckli Corratec-Selle Italia s.t.
78 Antoine Raugel Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
79 Senne Leysen Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
80 Donavan Grondin Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
81 Laurence Pithie Groupama-FDJ s.t.
82 Michael Vink UAE Team Emirates s.t.
83 Nolann Mahoudo CIC U Nantes Atlantique s.t.
84 Aaron Van Der Beken Bingoal-WB s.t.
85 Robin Froidevaux Tudor Pro Cycling s.t.
86 Nicolas Debeaumarché Saint Michel-Mavic-Auber 93 s.t.
87 Mason Hollyman Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
88 Mathieu van der Poel Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
89 Florian Sénéchal Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
90 Thomas Gachignard Saint Michel-Mavic-Auber 93 s.t.
91 Florian Rapiteau Saint Michel-Mavic-Auber 93 s.t.
92 Bryan Coquard Cofidis s.t.
93 Aimé De Gendt Intermarché-Circus-Wanty 0:25
94 Jean-Louis Le Ny Nice Métropole-Côte d'Azur s.t.
95 Jordan Jegat CIC U Nantes Atlantique s.t.
96 Ilan Larmet Cofidis s.t.
97 Erik Resell Uno-X s.t.
98 Kelland O'Brien Jayco-AlUla 0:29
99 Sebastian Kolze Changizi Tudor Pro Cycling 0:33
100 Jonas Abrahamsen Uno-X 0:35
101 Enzo Paleni Groupama-FDJ 0:44
102 Piet Allegaert Cofidis 0:50
103 Anthony Turgis TotalEnergies 0:56
104 Daniel McLay Arkéa-Samsic 1:06
105 Liam Slock Lotto Dstny 1:20
106 Clément Russo Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
107 Maciej Bodnar TotalEnergies s.t.
108 Antoine Debons Corratec-Selle Italia s.t.
109 Frederik Frison Lotto Dstny 1:35
110 Yves Lampaert Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
111 William Blume Levy Uno-X s.t.
112 Fabian Lienhard Groupama-FDJ s.t.
113 Roel Van Sintmaartensdijk Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
114 Amaury Capiot Arkéa-Samsic 1:50
115 Mika Heming Tudor Pro Cycling s.t.
116 Dorian De Maeght Bingoal-WB 2:36
117 Baptiste Planckaert Intermarché-Circus-Wanty 2:59
118 Kenny Molly Van Rysel-Roubaix-Lille Metropole 3:50
119 Tim Declercq Soudal Quick-Step 4:12
120 Gage Hecht Human Powered Health 4:22
121 Dries De Bondt Alpecin-Deceuninck 5:18
122 Axel De Lie Lotto Dstny s.t.
123 Petr Kelemen Tudor Pro Cycling s.t.
124 Bastien Tronchon Ag2r-Citroën 5:57
125 Jordan Labrosse Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
126 Pierre Gautherat Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
127 David Dekker Arkéa-Samsic 7:01
128 Felix Gros UAE Team Emirates s.t.
129 Maxime Jarnet Van Rysel-Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.


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