Mark Renshaw (Belkin) took victory in style as he used a narrow section of road to jump clear heading into the final kilometre and bag a two-second solo win in Ardooie. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) and Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack-Leopard) were the next men home.
With 175.3 kilometres on the menu, Benjamin Verraes (Accent.Jobs), Pieter Jacobs and Laurens De Vreese (Topsport Vlaanderen) hit out as the race left the dunes of Koksijde. With the trio kept at arm’s length, the peloton could afford to ease back for a bit with a number of riders returning to action after the Tour de France. With the stage looking like a nailed-on bunch sprint, Lotto-Belisol and FDJ were present at the head of affairs to gradually claw back the break as the bell lap began.
The speed rose ahead of the final intermediate sprint. That dig was won by Lars Boom (Belkin) over Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) as the defending champion took three seconds and staked a claim for repeat victory in the Low Countries.
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