Tim Merlier of Alpecin Fenix took his debut World Tour win on Saturday afternoon as he triumphed on Stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatico.

After the peloton came back together for the final kilometres Merlier held his nerve and produced a sensational sprint to knock off some of the big names he was up against.

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The Belgian champion started at the wheel of Fernando Gaviria and flew past him and Germany’s Pascal Ackermann to take the win.

'Absolutely superb!' - Merlier stuns sprint pack to take victory

“I was suffering a lot in the mountains," Merlier said afterwards.

"It wasn’t easy after the crash on the first day. Today it was nice to take the victory and I am happy to take it for the team and for me."

Stage 6 Highlights: Tim Merlier takes first World Tour victory

British duo Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) both came through unscathed and they remain in first and third place respectively in the GC standings.

Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 6 Results

1 Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 3:59:30

2 Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe

3 Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) EF Pro Cycling

4 Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates

5 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma

6 Davide Ballerini (Ita) Deceuninck-Quickstep

7 Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Total Direct Energie

8 Piet Allegaert (Bel) Cofidis

9 Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spa) Bahrain McLaren

10 Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Astana Pro Team

Tirreno-Adriatico General Classification Standings

1 Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 27:36:29

2 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:16

3 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:39

4 Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana Pro Team 0:00:49

5 Fausto Masnada (Ita) CCC Team 0:00:54

6 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:01:00

7 James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:01:21

8 Michael Woods (Can) EF Pro Cycling 0:01:22

9 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:28

10 Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:02:44

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