Skil-Shimano had planned to get a representative in the break today. Unfortunately for the Dutch squad, they've missed out this time. Australian Mitchell Docker had hoped to make the selection, but with Gent-Wevelgem, Flanders and Roubaix all on his programme, a day in the peloton might not be such a disadvantage.
"The team plan is to get in the break," Docker told Cyclingnews at the start. "At these sorts of races we're not looking to necessarily be in front just for the cameras. Just to be there so that when the big guys come we've got one guy up there.
"I'm feeling much better this year. Last year all the races were new, but now I know how to better prepare for the season. Hopefully over the next two weeks I'll be getting just a little bit stronger again."