Sagan sighting Fans flanked the runway, craning their necks for a view of Peter Sagan in Antwerp. Koppenberg A front group led by Dylan van Baarle approached the middle of the Koppenberg as the peloton could be seen advancing in the distance.
Ronde Van Vlaanderen Van Aert Newly minted classics rider, Wout van Aert, arrived in Antwerp as one of the major contenders for the win in Oudenaarde. Trentin climbs Koppenberg The chase group ground up the steepest part of the Koppenberg, headed up by Matteo Trentin, Philippe Gilbert, Sep Vanmarcke, and the other favorites.
The chase The chasers dug in for the long haul after the escape of Terpstra on the Oude Kwaremont. Vanmarcke chases Sep Vanmarcke and Tiesj Benoot fought hard over the Photo essay from time magazine of the Paterberg to keep the leaders in sight.
Terpstra leads Niki Terpstra came into view at the foot of the Paterberg with only Mads Pedersen in pursuit. Breakaway With the breakaway two minutes up the road, the peloton raced down the slippery cobbles of the Haaghoek.
Niki Terpstra was among the top contenders on the Pedersen Mads Pedersen looked back over his shoulder on the Oude Kwaremont. Van Avermaet Greg Van Avermaet took the opportunity to attack hard on the Taaienberg, further splintering the chase group. Naesen Belgian national champion Oliver Naesen greeted the press and talked about his chances for the finale in Oudenaarde.
Benoot As the breakaway was reeled back in, Tiesj Benoot and the other race favorites pushed the pace up the Muur-Kapelmuur. Naesen After his earlier crash Oliver Naesen arrived on the heels of the main favorites group at the top of the Muur but was welcomed by roaring crowds and the occasional smoke bomb.
Terpstra takes the lead With the last of the two climbs upon them, Niki Terpstra surged past the last of the remaining leaders at the base of the Oude Kwaremont taking the lead with only Mads Pedersen in his rearview. Sagan arrives Triple world champion Peter Sagan rode up the yellow carpet toward the sign-in stage.
Terpstra solo Niki Terpstra had only eight kilometers of flat, windy roads between himself and victory. Quick-Step celebration The Quick-Step team rode the race their way and showed why they are revered as best classics team in the business. Koppenberg traffic jam A major traffic jam split the remaining peloton on the Koppenberg while riders attempted to remount bikes amid the jumble.
Sagan chases Peter Sagan once again whittled down the ranks and was the first in the chase group to crest the top of the Paterberg.
Peloton The peloton passed through the farmland of Flanders at the base of the Kortekeer. Van Aert Cyclocross star Wout van Aert has certainly laid to rest any doubt about his future in road racing with ninth place in his debut Ronde van Vlaanderen. Van Aert Oliver Naesen and Wout van Aert were gapped but not out of contention on the penultimate climb of the day.
Sagan chases Peter Sagan grimaced through the last big push on the Paterberg. Terpstra podium Niki Terpstra won his first Ronde van Vlaanderen. Terpstra Niki Terpstra surveyed the media surrounding him as he is having his best season since winning Paris-Roubaix in Read the latest stories about photography on Time.
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