Another windswept and brutally difficult edition of E3-Harelbeke played out with no less excitement than usual today with multiple Grand Tour stage winner Matteo Trentin part of the elite group that went into the final behind a solo leader.
As happens often in the Belgian classics what at first appears to be an innocuous acceleration on a cobbled climb can turn into the winning move and so it unfolded for Niki Terpstra (Quick-step-Floors).
Mitchelton-SCOTT had executed their tactics well with Luke Durbridge and Trentin, at one point in the favourites group together, but Terpstra held on for, what at the time seemed an unlikely victory. Capitalising on what became a disorganised chase with Trentin crossing the line in the group in 11th.
|1||Niki Terpstra (NED) - Quick-Step Floors||05:03:34|
|2||Philippe Gilbert (BEL) - Quick-Step Floors||00:00:20|
|3||Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) - BMC Racing Team|
|4||Oliver Naesen (BEL) - AG2R La Mondiale|
|5||Tiesj Benoot (BEL) - Lotto Soudal|
|6||Jasper Stuyven (BEL) - Trek-Segafredo|
|7||Sep Vanmarcke (BEL) - EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale|
|8||Gianni Moscon (ITA) - Team Sky|
|9||Zdenek Stybar (CZE) - Quick-Step Floors|
|10||Stefan K√ºng (SWI) - BMC Racing Team|
|11||Matteo Trentin (ITA) - MITCHELTON-SCOTT||00:00:20|
|18||Luka Mezgec (SLO) - MITCHELTON-SCOTT||00:03:19|
|23||Luke Durbridge (AUS) - MITCHELTON-SCOTT|
|47||Mathew Hayman (AUS) - MITCHELTON-SCOTT||00:08:09|
|48||Jack Bauer (NZL) - MITCHELTON-SCOTT||00:08:09|