I was just wishing that somebody would attack just as Sagan finished pulling with about 3-4km left. However, I think only Stuyven would have the ability to bring it off, but he had been on his own for a while. Stuyven definitely wasn't a joker. Rowe, Benoot and Trentin didn't try such a move, since it would guarantee losing (pre-empting the sprint would probably been the only chance for an unlikely win).DFA123 said:Still, he'd (Demare) have had more chance of beating Sagan than those other four jokers.
The strongest two riders took the first two places. Sagan was the strongest, played his cards correctly and deserved to win.
Stannard and Rowe seemed to show much more awareness. It's clear that the break was very dangerous. Stannard did a huge pull to close in on the group and then Rowe was the last man to jump across. BMC were then caught in a trap. They didn't have enough firepower to bring the group back, while having many more riders in the chasing group than other teams, who thus did not chase.SKSemtex said:I just say one thing. LOL BMC