One of These Five
With just eight kilometers left to race and the peloton still over 45 seconds behind, it was looking like it would be one of these five men who would take out the win in Ghent. Alexis Gougeard (Ag2r La Mondiale) was the only one left of the original 12 man break, it is a true testament to his form that he is still out front hanging on to the wheels of some much fresher and more favored riders. He must have felt proud to know that he was hanging with the Rainbow Jersey of Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) as well as Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) and the ever fiesty, Luke Rowe (Team Sky). Rowe wouldn't let Gougeard skip pulls on the front, nor was he about to give the Frenchman a free tow to the line.