The Dash for the LIne
The final kilometer of today's contest was a long drag up to the line with the notorious wins of the north blowing right into the faces of those that remained of the attacking riders. Today, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) was finally able to gain the top step of the podium in one of his home country races. Tucked onto the wheel of Van Avermaet was the Rainbow Jersey of Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) but he was unable to get around the Belgium power house. It was a reversal of the move that one Sagan his Championship title just six months ago on 23rd Street in Richmond, VA. Finishing out the top three was the other man from Belgium, Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal). Unable to match the accelerations of these three were, Luke Rowe (Team Sky) and Alexis Gougeard (Ag2r La Mondiale).