What a terrific and well-deserved win for Stuyven! He's one of those riders who's always strong, but doesn't have the sprint or the explosiveness to win lots of races. If however he gets fifty meters in a final he can keep hammering till the end. He often plays the super domestique, in the past for Cancellara; nowadays for Pedersen. When Pedersen decided to stay away Stuyven got the chance to try for himself, but who would have thought he'd pull it off?
When SKA caught him back I thought it was over and the others would come back too. However Stuyven's luck was that the Dane went full in the final K and he had that little bit of time to sit in the wheel and reload for one final effort, and take the biggest win of his career. And aren't the closest victories always the best?
On another note: Sagan finishes fourth for the fifth time, which is incredible after recovering from corona.