VDK-Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
Stage 1: Middelkerke - Zottegem - Stage Details

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) was the first across the line from a ten-rider group that broke away from the field in the run-in towards the finish. ORICA-GreenEDGE missed out on the move and thought other riders with an interest in the sprint would bring it back. Overall hopeful Luke Durbridge lost nine seconds to race favourite and defending champion Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step). 

"Peter Sagan forced a ten rider move. We missed it, but the guys looked around and saw that André Greipel [Lotto-Belisol] was still there with some teammates. They also thought QuickStep wanted to keep things together for Cav [Mark Cavendish]. They weren’t worried about missing the split because they thought other teams would bring it back for the bunch sprint." - Sport Director Laurenzo Lapage

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) - Cannondale Pro Cycling 5:00:27
2 Arnaud Demare (Fra) - FDJ ST
3 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) - Katusha ST
4 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) - Omega Pharma-Quick Step ST
5 Oscar Gatto (Ita) - Vini Fantini-Selle Italia ST
6 Niki Terpstra (Ned) - Omega Pharma-Quick Step ST
7 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) - Crelan-Euphony ST
8 Jerome Cousin (Fra) - Team Europcar ST
9 Davide Cimolai (Ita) - Lampre-Merida ST
10 Johan Le Bon (Fra) - FDJ ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
38 Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:09
47 Luke Durbridge (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
66 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
75 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:04:04
116 Michael Hepburn (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:14:53
125 Baden Cooke (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
130 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
166 Jens Mouris (Ned) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST