E3 Harelbeke

Cycling

ByTheMinCycle

Hello ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first major cobbled classic of the Spring, E3 Harelbeke

I'm Chris Rolfe and I'll be taking you through the final 90km of racing

Some big rider out today including 5 time winner Tom Boonen, former winner and reigning world champion Peter Sagan and Greg van Avermaet

Last years winner Geraint Thomas isn't here, he's been racing in Catalunya this week but will be back on the classics scene for Flanders

There's currently an 8 man break out front containing Hurel, Demoitie, Hollenstein, Thomson, Wippert, De Backer, Denz and van Ginneken

They have a lead of 2:24 with 88km remaining as they head up one of the manor climbs on today's course

Trek, Etixx and Kathusha currently on the front of the peloton, just keeping the break on a tight leash

So who's everyone backing today? My heart says Boonen but my head says Sagan

Sky hit the front of the peloton, they've got Stannard who will look to go with attacks and Viviani if it all stays together for a sprint

The breaks lead has fallen to 1:45 with 80km to go, Sky and Etixx's work is having a big effect