It may have been Matteo Trentin (Quickstep) who opened the sprint to the line in Kuurne, but it was Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) who finished it out. He had the speed and the time to look behind, just making sure that neither Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) nor Luke Rowe (Sky) were closing in. Sagan claimed the win after being disappointed with his second place finish yesterday. Sagan seems to have never been affected by the "curse of the Rainbow Jersey;" Stuyven had to settle for one step lower on the podium than 2016, and Luke Rowe finished the day in third. The original five just managed to stay in front of the chasers, and they in turn just held on ahead of the peloton.