Colbrelli wins in his Paris-Roubaix debut
Vermeersch, Van der Poel round out podium
Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) took the biggest win of his career in an all-time epic edition of Paris-Roubaix after beating Florian Vermeersch (Lotto Soudal) and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) in a three-rider sprint on the Roubaix velodrome.
After a Roubaix dominated by atrocious weather, mud and crashes, the three riders ensured that they would decide the win after catching and dropping lone leader Gianni Moscon (Ineos Grenadiers) on the Carrefour de l'Arbre.
The three riders arrived on the velodrome with Van der Poel on the front and
Vermeersch hovering at the back and as the three, all debutants, hit the bell lap it was the young Vermeersch who struck for home first. It appeared as though Colbrelli, the better sprinter on paper, was initially caught out and slow to respond with Vermeersch not relenting with the line in sight but somehow, and from somewhere, Colbrelli came through on the line to take a historic win.
"Unbelievable, my first Parigi-Roubaix and I win. I don’t know, I’m very happy," Colbrelli said after gathering his composure, having collapsed to the ground in tears of disbelief and joy after his victory.
"Today is a legendary Roubaix with the rain and the weather at the start and an attack with 90km to go after Arenberg… I followed only Van der Poel in the final and in the end I had a super sprint. I followed Van der Poel for the sprint but this rider from Lotto Soudal started at 200m to go but I think at 20 or 25 metres, I came past for the victory.
"I was at the limit in the final. It was super difficult because I had to pay attention for the crashes form the first sectors and then there’s always the stress to be in position in the cobbles. This year is my year, I’m very happy."
The pattern of the race never truly settled with several contenders, including Peter Sagan and Mads Pedersen suffering crashes, while an early break of 30 riders built up a lead of almost three minutes and almost decided the entire outcome of the race.
Pre-race favourites Deceuninck-QuickStep looked in contention until the Arenberg Forest when several of their riders lost contact with the front group, and despite briefly fighting back the Belgian squad saw the race disappear up the road.
Colbrelli delivered a tactically astute race, and even went on the attack with over 80km to go after he responded to a move by Jeremy Lecroq. That acceleration ensured that the Italian was able to link up with riders who had previously been dropped from the break and put the other pre-race favourites on the back foot.
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), who had been in a promising position for most of the race, was unable to respond when Van der Poel countered through sector 17 with over 70km still to race. The Dutchman’s move also burnt off QuickStep’s faint hopes of winning before most of the remnants of the early break were caught by a chase group that included both Van der Poel and Colbrelli.
When Moscon attacked through sector 12, it looked as though the controversial Italian would take the win as he extended his lead to minute. However, the race was turned on its head when the Ineos rider flatted with 30km to and then crashed soon after. Another fall reduced the chase group to just Van der Poel, Vermeersch and Colbrelli before they caught and passed the Italian through the most difficult sector of the race.
Vermeersch, who at 22 announced himself on the world stage with a Paris-Roubaix performance not too dissimilar from Tom Boonen’s debut back in the early 2000s, not only had made it into the early break of 30 riders but had lead through the Arenberg after escaping from the day’s main move. Despite being caught by more experienced riders in the latter stages he showed little fear, and even had the power to attack again with 3km to go in order to deny Colbrelli’s superior sprinting legs but in the final the Italian had too much for Van der Poel – who also raced aggressively – and the young Belgian.
How it unfolded
After Lizzie Deignan’s and the women’s peloton put on an incredible show 24 hours earlier it was time for the men’s field to try and match Saturday’s excitement. Ahead of the field lay 30 sectors of cobbles, along with wind, rain and mud in what promised to be another epic edition of the race.
After a flurry of early activity and a crash for Mitch Docker in his final outing, a huge group pushed clear with over 211km to go with 29 riders, 12 of them debutants, escaping the peloton.
Florian Vermeersch, Harry Sweeny, Tosh van der Sande (Lotto-Soudal), Daniel Oss (Bora-Hansgrohe), Davide Ballerini, Tim Declercq (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Edoardo Affini, Timo Roosen, Nathan Van Hooydonck (Jumbo-Visma), Tom van Asbroeck (Israel Start Up-Nation), Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix), Tom Skujins (Trek-Segafredo), Marco Haller, Fred Wright (Bahrain Victorious), Greg Van Avermaet (AG2R-Citroën), Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-Nippo), André Carvalho (Cofidis), Vegard Stake Laengen (UAE Team Emirates), Gianni Moscon, Luke Rowe (Ineos Grenadiers), Florian Maître (TotalEnergies), Luke Durbridge, Robert Stannard (BikeExchange), Edvaldas Siskevicius (Delko), Nils Eekhoff (DSM), Max Walscheid (Qhubeka-NextHash), Imanol Erviti, Matteo Jorgensen (Movistar) and Luca Mozzato (B&B Hotels-KTM) formed the escape and before the first sector of cobbles the break had established a lead of 1:55. The group had included Stefan Küng and Owain Doull but the Ineos rider was forced to drop back due to a mechanical, while Küng crashed and was forced to wait for the peloton.
The Swiss rider hit the deck for the second time in the day while riding at the front and took down several competitors with 164km to go. Onto the Troisvilles to Inchy and the breakaway was down to 28 riders after Haller lost contact due to a rear-wheel puncture. Wout Van Aert made sure that he was in the first few places as the peloton made its way through the first sector. Although not the hardest sector in the race, the Troisvilles to Inchy caused major splits in the main field with Matteo Trentin one of the early casualties, and Nils Politt also forced to chase back.
A puncture robbed Declercq of his position in the breakaway with 153km to go with the group able to build their lead up to 2:20. Rowe and Moscon took control and set the pace through Viesly to Quiévy and Quiévy to Saint-Python, while Matej Mohoric ensured that his leader Sonny Colbrelli was well-placed through the latter sector with the peloton down to less than 60 riders as the mud and rain began to wear down the riders.
Through Saint-Python with 144km to go, Eekhoff, Vermeersch, Rowe and Walscheid pressed on from the break after establishing a slender advantage, while a crash in the peloton took down riders from Movistar, Qhubeka and Arkéa.
Soon after, with 141km to go, Van der Poel was forced to stop for a mechanical with Sylvain Diller – second back in 2018 – forced to stop and help his team leader chase back to the main field. The Dutch rider made contact with 139km remaining but with the break at almost three minutes and the Rowe group still dangling off the front, the race took on a new dynamic.
Exiting the Haussy to Saint-Martin-sur-Écaillon sector, Peter Sagan took a heavy fall on his right-hand side, and almost hydroplaned along the road before coming to standstill. Up the road, Küng crashed for a third time, this time through Saint-Martin-sur-Ecaillon to Vertain.
The four-man group looked relatively comfortable with 129km to go but an issue for Rowe, followed by a crash for Walscheid, halved their number. Eekhoff and Vermeersch still had 56 seconds on the chase group and 2:28 on the peloton as they exited Capelle to Ruesnes.
Former winner John Degenkolb fell on that sector along with a race moto, as Van der Poel clung on at the back of the heavily reduced peloton that included Van Aert and several QuickStep rivals.
The Belgian team began to up the tempo as the peloton exited the Artres to Quérénaing sector with 117km to go. Both Van Aert and Van der Poel were wise to the move as out front ,Eekhoff and Vermeersch mainted a 54 second gap on the chase and 2:53 over the peloton. Van Aert himself moved to the front through the 1.3km long sector with the likes of Van der Poel, Senechal, Stybar, Lampaert, Stuyven, Pedersen, Asgreen, Kwiatkowski, Colbrelli and Mohoric among those still in contention.
Once back on the tarmac and Van der Poel took over from Van Aert with a vicious acceleration with 114km to go. That move strung out the reduced peloton but there was a slight lull soon after as the Arenberg came into view. Van Aert took a new bike, several others dropped back for food, while Taco van der Hoorn took a heavy fall near the back of the group. Max Schachmann was the next rider to slide out with 103km to go on one side of a roundabout as on the other side two AG2R-Citroën riders replicated the German’s actions just before the Haveluy to Wallers – the penultimate sector before the Arenberg.
Deceuninck-QuickStep, and especially Asgreen, put the hammer down just as the stretch to Wallers began and the injection of pace caused several splits with just seven riders able to initially follow the Danish Tour of Flanders winner. Both Theuns and Stuyven crashed into a ditch mid-way through the sector as Lampaert, realising that Van Aert was isolated from his teammates, accelerated as the main group of contenders made it back onto the tarmac. Another regrouping took place with van der Poel himself trading turns as the race entered the final 98km.
Into the Arenberg
Eekhoff and Vermeersch hit the vital sector with 94.8km to go. The pair had a 42-second gap on the rest of the break with the main pre-race contenders at 1:44.
Van Aert found himself 30m back after Simon Clarke crashed just in front of him, and the Belgian did well to stay upright as Van der Poel set a ferocious pace that only four riders could initially follow.
Luke Rowe, who had been dropped from the second group, moved into the path of the chasing group and took out Pedersen, who was one of the few riders able to match Van der Poel. Out of the forest and Van Aert was able to link up with Vanmarcke and Stybar while Van der Poel, Colbrelli, Boivin and surprise package Matteo Jorgenson carried on ahead. There were problems for Lampaert and Asgreen, with several mechanicals for the QuickStep team.
Through Wallers to Hélesmes, the two leaders held a slender lead of 36 seconds with Van Aert and his group latching onto Van der Poel and company with around 88km to go.
Jeremy Lecroq accelerated with 85km to go before sector 17 and as the favourites slowed Colbrelli attacked and caught the Frenchman. With 83km to go Eekhoff and Vermeersch were reeled in by the remnants of the early break that included Moscon and Durbridge.
On the Hornaing to Wandignies, the break had 30 seconds on Colbrelli and Lecroq with the Van Aert and Van der Poel group – which had regained Asgreen and two teammates – setting the pace at 57 seconds.
Colbrelli and Lecroq were reinforced by Boivin and Planckaert as Van Aert lost a teammate to a crash and another to a mechanical with 77km to go. Colbrelli, keen to maintain his advantage, moved clear from the second group with the gap to the early break at 43 seconds. Up ahead, the race split again as Moscon and just a handful of riders made it onto sector 16 to Brillon. Van der Poel took a new bike soon after as Vanmarcke crashed heavily before hobbling to his feet.
Moscon, Bissegger, Vermeersch, Philipsen, Van der Sande, Van Asbroeck and Stannard held a 55 second lead over Colbrelli and the riders he had previously tried to distance.
Van der Poel puts the hammer down
Having returned from his bike change the Dutchman accelerated almost as soon as the peloton hit sector 15 with 70km to go. Only Haussler, Lampaert and Declercq could initially follow before the pace-setting from Van der Poel – especially through the corners – left only Lampaert able to keep up. By the end of the sector, the Dutch rider was on his own before he latched onto the Colbrelli group with ease. Seconds after making contact the Alpecin rider kicked again with his new companions hanging on for dear life as his group swelled to nine after picking up riders from the early break.
Van der Poel’s group had 30 seconds almost immediately but by the time the van Aert selection reached Beuvry-la-Forêt to Orchies, the time gap had been almost halved. With 63km to go Van der Poel hit the afterburners again as up ahead the front of the race had been reduced to just Moscon Van Asbroeck and the impressive Vermeersch.
With 57km to go, the Van der Poel and Colbrelli group caught a batch of riders that included Van Avermaet and Philipsen, with Van Aert and QuickStep 48 seconds in arrears.
With 57km to go, the group of Van der Poel and Colbrelli caught a batch of riders that included Van Avermaet and Philipsen, with Van Aert and QuickStep 48 seconds in arrears. With Van Aert without teammates, and with QuickStep unable or unwilling to collaborate, Van der Poel and his companions extended their lead to over a minute as the sun, at last, began to shine with a shade over 53km to go.
Former winner Van Avermaet and two other riders crashed through sector 12 and with 53km to go Moscon dropped his two riders with Van der Poel, Colbrelli and Boivin at 48 seconds. The Ineos Grenadiers rider managed to extend his lead to over a minute. By the time the Italian reached the entry point to the key sector of Mons-en-Pévèle his advantage had moved out to 1:08.
At this point, the race hung in the balance but tellingly Van der Poel’s next round of accelerations was unable to eat into Moscon’s lead or drop his two remaining followers.
Through sector 9, Van der Poel’s group caught Van Asbroeck and Vermeersch but the gap to Moscon had extended to 1:27. With 36km to go Van der Poel briefly managed to drop his companions and cut ten seconds off Moscon’s lead almost immediately but Colbrelli dragged the group together once again.
Moscon’s flat and crash
With 30km to go and with a lead of 1:10 Moscon suffered a rear wheel puncture. The resulting bike change was relatively rapid and Moscon remained calm but by the time he found his pace his advantage had dropped to 45 seconds.
It looked as though the Italian had stemmed the tide but when he fell with 26km through sector 7 the race turned on its head with the gap dropping to just 15 seconds as a result. By the time the Italian exited the sector his lead was down to just nine seconds with the chasers within touching distance.
Heading into sector 5, the Camphin-en-Pévèle, the gap had drifted out to 21 seconds, reviving Moscon’s hopes of a win. Behind, Boivin crashed and then a race moto had to ditch the bike to avoid him. A huge turn from Vermeersch reduced the gap to just 11 seconds before Moscon again extended the gap on the road section leading up to Carrefour de l'Arbre.
Van der Poel accelerated as soon as he hit the sector with Colbrelli and Vermeersch able to latch on with the catch finally made with 16km to go. Colbrelli immediately countered with Vermeersch hanging on as Moscon’s hopes slipped away.
The trio cooperated all the way into the Roubaix velodrome, where Vermeersch opened up the slow-motion and Colbrelli muscled his way past, posted his victory salute, then collapsed to the infield in hysterics, laugh-crying as he absorbed the fact he'd won the biggest race on the calendar.
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain Victorious||6:01:57|
|2||Florian Vermeersch (Bel) Lotto Soudal|
|3||Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix|
|4||Gianni Moscon (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers||0:00:44|
|5||Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep||0:01:16|
|6||Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis|
|7||Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma|
|8||Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel Start-up Nation|
|9||Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Start-up Nation|
|10||Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain Victorious|
|11||Jonas Rutsch (Ger) EF Education-Nippo|
|12||Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Qhubeka NextHash||0:03:17|
|13||Anthony Turgis (Fra) TotalEnergies|
|14||Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates||0:04:40|
|15||Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix|
|16||Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education-Nippo||0:04:45|
|17||Marco Haller (Aut) Bahrain Victorious||0:06:21|
|18||Amaury Capiot (Bel) Team Arkea-Samsic|
|19||Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux|
|20||Luca Mozzato (Ita) B&B Hotels p/b KTM|
|21||Laurenz Rex (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB|
|22||Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) Jumbo-Visma|
|23||Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Israel Start-up Nation|
|24||Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team DSM||0:06:26|
|25||Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo|
|26||Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Deceuninck-QuickStep|
|27||Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spa) Movistar Team||0:07:14|
|28||Connor Swift (GBr) Team Arkea-Samsic||0:07:22|
|29||Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Lotto Soudal||0:07:26|
|30||Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) TotalEnergies||0:08:37|
|31||Dries Van Gestel (Bel) TotalEnergies|
|32||Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team||0:09:23|
|33||Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko|
|34||Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ|
|35||Clément Davy (Fra) Groupama-FDJ|
|36||Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB|
|37||Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal||0:09:26|
|38||Bert De Backer (Bel) B&B Hotels p/b KTM||0:09:29|
|39||Harry Sweeny (Aus) Lotto Soudal||0:10:03|
|40||Taco van der Hoorn (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux||0:10:52|
|41||Bram Welten (Ned) Team Arkea-Samsic|
|42||Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo||0:11:06|
|43||Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix||0:11:11|
|44||Nils Eekhoff (Ned) Team DSM||0:12:24|
|45||Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Israel Start-up Nation|
|46||Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix|
|47||Silvan Dillier (Swi) Alpecin-Fenix|
|48||Cees Bol (Ned) Team DSM|
|50||Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team|
|51||John Degenkolb (Ger) Lotto Soudal|
|52||Luke Durbridge (Aus) Team BikeExchange|
|53||Simon Clarke (Aus) Qhubeka NextHash|
|54||Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep|
|55||Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe|
|56||Stan Dewulf (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team|
|57||Cyril Lemoine (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM||0:12:28|
|58||Owain Doull (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers||0:12:32|
|59||Julius van den Berg (Ned) EF Education-Nippo||0:12:37|
|60||Stefan Bissegger (Swi) EF Education-Nippo|
|61||Timo Roosen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma||0:13:19|
|62||Arjen Livyns (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB||0:16:21|
|63||Matteo Jorgenson (USA) Movistar Team||0:16:25|
|64||Jack Bauer (NZl) Team BikeExchange||0:17:59|
|65||Luke Rowe (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers||0:20:28|
|66||Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep|
|67||Tim Declercq (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep|
|68||Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers|
|69||Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep|
|70||Tom Bohli (Swi) Cofidis|
|71||Clément Russo (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic|
|72||Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe|
|73||Lawrence Naesen (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team|
|74||Adrien Petit (Fra) TotalEnergies|
|75||Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe|
|76||Mikkel Bjerg (Den) UAE Team Emirates|
|77||Wesley Kreder (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux|
|78||Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education-Nippo|
|79||Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma|
|80||Edoardo Affini (Ita) Jumbo-Visma||0:22:50|
|81||Robert Stannard (Aus) Team BikeExchange||0:22:53|
|82||Szymon Sajnok (Pol) Cofidis||0:23:04|
|83||Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma||0:24:33|
|84||Mathias Norsgaard (Den) Movistar Team||0:26:09|
|85||Piet Allegaert (Bel) Cofidis||0:26:14|
|86||Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Qhubeka NextHash||0:26:18|
|87||Jordi Meeus (Bel) Bora-Hansgrohe||0:27:22|
|88||Rudy Barbier (Fra) Israel Start-up Nation||0:28:36|
|89||Christophe Noppe (Bel) Team Arkea-Samsic|
|90||Timothy Dupont (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB|
|91||Eddy Fine (Fra) Cofidis|
|92||Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal|
|93||Lluís Guillermo Mas Bonet|
|94||Emils Liepins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo||0:28:46|
|HD||Sébastien Grignard (Bel) Lotto Soudal|
|HD||Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe|
|HD||Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJ|
|HD||Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Ineos Grenadiers|
|HD||Niki Terpstra (Ned) TotalEnergies|
|HD||Florian Maitre (Fra) TotalEnergies|
|HD||Davide Martinelli (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech|
|HD||Benjamin Perry (Can) Astana-Premier Tech|
|HD||Tom Paquot (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB|
|HD||Tom Wirtgen (Lux) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB|
|DNF||Nils Politt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe|
|DNF||Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe|
|DNF||Davide Ballerini (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep|
|DNF||Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Jumbo-Visma|
|DNF||Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Israel Start-up Nation|
|DNF||Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Israel Start-up Nation|
|DNF||Senne Leysen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix|
|DNF||Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix|
|DNF||Alex Kirsch (Lux) Trek-Segafredo|
|DNF||Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo|
|DNF||Quinn Simmons (USA) Trek-Segafredo|
|DNF||Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo|
|DNF||Jonathan Milan (Ita) Bahrain Victorious|
|DNF||Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain Victorious|
|DNF||Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Bahrain Victorious|
|DNF||Michael Schär (Swi) AG2R Citroën Team|
|DNF||Damien Touze (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team|
|DNF||Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team|
|DNF||Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ|
|DNF||Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ|
|DNF||Fabian Lienhard (Swi) Groupama-FDJ|
|DNF||Jake Stewart (GBr) Groupama-FDJ|
|DNF||Michael Valgren (Den) EF Education-Nippo|
|DNF||Mitch Docker (Aus) EF Education-Nippo|
|DNF||Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Cofidis|
|DNF||André Carvalho (Por) Cofidis|
|DNF||Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team Emirates|
|DNF||Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates|
|DNF||Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates|
|DNF||Rui Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates|
|DNF||Matteo Trentin (Ita) UAE Team Emirates|
|DNF||Leonardo Basso (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers|
|DNF||Michal Golas (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers|
|DNF||Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) TotalEnergies|
|DNF||Sam Bewley (NZl) Team BikeExchange|
|DNF||Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team BikeExchange|
|DNF||Barnabás Peák (Hun) Team BikeExchange|
|DNF||Pierre Barbier (Fra) Delko|
|DNF||Clément Carisey (Fra) Delko|
|DNF||Alexandre Delettre (Fra) Delko|
|DNF||August Jensen (Nor) Delko|
|DNF||Dusan Rajovic (Srb) Delko|
|DNF||Julien Trarieux (Fra) Delko|
|DNF||Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team DSM|
|DNF||Max Kanter (Ger) Team DSM|
|DNF||Casper Pedersen (Den) Team DSM|
|DNF||Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Team DSM|
|DNF||Aimé De Gendt (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux|
|DNF||Tom Devriendt (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux|
|DNF||Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux|
|DNF||Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux|
|DNF||Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Qhubeka NextHash|
|DNF||Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Qhubeka NextHash|
|DNF||Michael Gogl (Aut) Qhubeka NextHash|
|DNF||Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Qhubeka NextHash|
|DNF||Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Movistar Team|
|DNF||Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team|
|DNF||Juri Hollmann (Ger) Movistar Team|
|DNF||Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Team Arkea-Samsic|
|DNF||Daniel McLay (GBr) Team Arkea-Samsic|
|DNF||Hugo Houle (Can) Astana-Premier Tech|
|DNF||Gleb Brussenskiy (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech|
|DNF||Yevgeniy Fedorov (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech|
|DNF||Yevgeniy Gidich (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech|
|DNF||Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech|
|DNF||Jens Debusschere (Bel) B&B Hotels p/b KTM|
|DNF||Quentin Jauregui (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM|
|DNF||Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM|
|DNF||Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) B&B Hotels p/b KTM|
|DNF||Jonas Castrique (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB|
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