Tim Merlier wins first Stage at Benelux-Tour: 100th Victory in Professional Cycling for Sponsor Alpecin

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Belgian road cyclist from Team Alpecin-Fenix made the 100 “full” by winning the 1st stage of the Benelux Tour. Since its return to professional cycling for the 2015 season, Alpecin has achieved many important successes with its teams as a sponsor in cycling.

This unusual “winning streak” began just a few days after the start of the 2015 season, with John Degenkolb in the Team Giant-Alpecin jersey taking the first victory for the Shampoo brand since his return to professional cycling.

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) celebrated the 50th success in 2017 by winning the second stage of the Arctic Race of Norway. Victory number 75 was the win of the overall classification of the BinckBank Tour 2020 by Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix).

Three successes in cycling monuments are among the 100 victories: In 2015, John Degenkolb won Milan – Sanremo and Paris – Roubaix, in 2020 Mathieu van der Poel won the Tour of Flanders. Also remarkable, 13 stage wins in all three Grand Tours, in less than 6 years.

Likewise, professionals in Alpecin-sponsored teams have also been able to wear the leader’s jerseys in the three grand tours. Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) in 2015 at the Vuelta a Espana and in 2016 at the Giro d’Italia and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) in 2021 at the Tour France.

Hall of Fame – the Alpecin Victories

All victories with Alpecin on the jersey since entering professional cycling in 2015.

2021 – Team Alpecin-Fenix

100Benelux Tour| Stage 1Tim Merlier
99Vuelta a Espana | Stage 5Jasper Philipsen
98Vuelta a Espana | Stage 2Jasper Philipsen
97Arctic Race of Norway | Stage 4Philipp Walsleben
96Vuelta a Burgos | Stage 1Edward Planckaert
95Tour de France | Stage 3Tim Merlier
94Tour de France | Stage 2Mathieu van der Poel
93Swiss National Championships | RoadSilvan Dilier
92Tour de Suisse | Stage 3Mathieu van der Poel
91Tour de Suisse | Stage 2Mathieu van der Poel
90ElfstedenrondeTim Merlier
89Boucles de la Mayenne | Stage 1Philipp Walsleben
88Ronde van LimburgTim Merlier
87Giro d’Italia | Stage 2Tim Merlier
86Tour of Turkey | Stage 7Jasper Philipsen
85Tour of Turkey | Stage 6Jasper Philipsen
84ScheldeprijsJasper Philipsen
83Bredene Koksijde ClassicTim Merlier
82Tirreno-Adriatico | Stage 5Mathieu van der Poel
81Tirreno-Adriatico | Stage 3Mathieu van der Poel
80Grote prijs Jean-Pierre MonseréTim Merlier
79Strade BiancheMathieu van der Poel
78Le SamynTim Merlier
77UAE Tour | Stage 1Mathieu van der Poel

2020 – Team Alpecin-Fenix

76Tour of FlandersMathieu van der Poel
75BinckBank TourMathieu van der Poel
74BinckBank Tour | Stage 5Mathieu van der Poel
73Belgium National Championships | RoadDries De Bondt
72Tirreno-Adriatico | Stage 7Mathieu van der Poel
71Antwerp Port EpicGianni Vermeersch
70Tirreno-Adriatico | Stage 6Tim Merlier
69Brussels Cycling ClassicTim Merlier
68German National Championships | RoadMarcel Meisen
67Dutch National Championships | RoadMathieu van der Poel
66Tour Bitwa Warszawska 1920Oscar Riesebeek
65Tour Bitwa Warszawska 1920 | Stage 4Oscar Riesebeek
64Dwars door het HagelandJonas Rickaert
63Tour Bitwa Warszawska 1920 | Stage 3Senne Leysen
62Tour of Antalya | Stage 4Tim Merlier
61Etoile de Bessèges | Stage 3Dries De Bondt

2019 – Team Katusha-Alpecin

60Portuguese National Championships | ITTJosé Gonçalves
59British National Championships | ITTAlex Dowsett
58Giro d’Italia | Stage 13Ilnur Zakarin
57Tour de Yorkshire | Stage 2Rick Zabel
56Trofeo PalmaMarcel Kittel

2018 – Team Katusha-Alpecin

55Deutschland Tour | Stage 4Nils Politt
54German Championships | ITTTony Martin
53Tirreno-Adriatico | Stage 6Marcel Kittel
52Tirreno-Adriatico | Stage 2Marcel Kittel
51Tour of Oman | Stage 2Nathan Haas

2017 – Team Katusha Alpecin

50Arctic Race of Norway | Stage 2Alexander Kristoff
49European Chmpionships | RoadAlexander Kristoff
48Prudential Ride LondonAlexander Kristoff
47German National Championships | ITTTony Martin
46Russian National Championships | ITTInur Zakarin
45Ster ZLMJosé Gonçalves
44Tour de SuisseSimon Špilak
43Ster ZLM | Stage 4José Gonçalves
42Tour de Suisse | Stage 7Simon Špilak
41Baloise Belgium Tour | Stage 4Maurits Lammertink
40Eschborn-FrankfurtAlexander Kristoff
39Dri Dagse van De Panne | Stage 2Alexander Kristoff
38Tour of Oman | Stage 6Alexander Kristoff
37Tour of Oman | Stage 4Alexander Kristoff
36Tour of Oman | Stage 1Alexander Kristoff
35Vuelta a Valencia | Stage 2Tony Martin
34Etoile de Bessèges | Stage 2Alexander Kristoff

2016 – Team Giant Alpecin

33Tour of Hainan | Stage 9Max Walscheid
32Tour of Hainan | Stage 7Max Walscheid
31Tour of Hainan | Stage 5Max Walscheid
30Tour of Hainan | Stage 4Max Walscheid
29Tour of Hainan | Stage 3Max Walscheid
28Sparkassen Münsterland GiroJohn Degenkolb
27Arctic Race of Norway | Stage 4John Degenkolb
26Tour de l’AinSam Oomen
25Tour de l’Ain | Stage 3Sam Oomen
24Tour de France | Stage 13 (ITT)Tom Dumoulin
23Tour de France | Stage 9Tom Dumoulin
22Dutch National Championships | ITTTom Dumoulin
21Giro d’Italia | Stage 21Nikias Arndt
20Baloise Belgium Tour | Stage 4Zico Waeytens
19Giro d’Italia | Stage 1 (ITT)Tom Dumoulin

2015 Team Giant Alpecin

18Binche – Chimay – BincheRamon Sinkeldam
17Vuelta a España | Stage 21John Degenkolb
16Vuelta a España | Stage 17 (ITT)Tom Dumoulin
15Tour of Alberta | Stage 6Nikias Arndt
14Vuelta a España | Stage 9     Tom Dumoulin
13Tour de Pologne | Stage 1Marcel Kittel
12Tour de France | Stage 17Simon Geschke
11Austrian National Championships | ITTGeorg Preidler
10Tour de Suisse | Stage 9Tom Dumoulin
9Tour de Suisse | PrologueTom Dumoulin
8Garmin Velothon BerlinRamon Sinkeldam
7Bayern Rundfahrt | Stage 5John Degenkolb
6Bayern Rundfahrt | Stage 2John Degenkolb
5Paris – RoubaixJohn Degenkolb
4Pais Vasco | Stage 6 (ITT)      Tom Dumoulin
3Milano-SanremoJohn Degenkolb
2Tour du Haut Var | Stage 2Luka Mezgec
1Dubai Tour | Stage 3John Degenkolb

Source: Procyclingstats.com