The powerful Classics specialist put paid to three other riders in a four-up sprint, bettering Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) and Stijn Vandenbergh (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) for the win.
It was to be Cancellara's final victory on the cobblestones. He missed the 2015 Ronde through injury and had to settle for second behind Peter Sagan in 2016 on his final appearance in the Tour of Flanders.
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