E3 Harelbeke

Cycling

ByTheMinCycle

Good afternoon all! It's back to the cobbles in Belgium again! E3 Harelbeke is the race, I'm @TimBonvilleGinn, it is mayhem here! Bernoot leading the first chase group, we had a massive crash earlier up front we have Lampaert and Terpstra in a Quickstep duo! Sagan has been attacking but Gilbert marked it, Quickstep have boxed clever and used numbers very early to split things up

Van Avermaet, Sagan, Stybar, Bernoot, Gilbert and Ligthart in the chase be joined by Oss and a couple others riders... Quickstep get another man in that group. Gaudin is caught by the chasers. 59km to go and the Quickstep duo have 41" gap.

I believe Durbridge is the Michelton Scott rider in the first chase group. Oss has popped! He looks to be dying a thousand deaths as Van Avermaet is forcing in the pace. Oss dropped with Gaudin and Ligthart!

Van Avermaet attacks!! He goes, the Quickstep riders behind just sitting there not following. Bernoot looked like he was tempted but nothing came from the young Strade Bianche champion. 55km to go with a 30" gap.

Durbridge chasing I'm the group behind as we see some chasing riders as Kristoff is on his own trying to fight his way back.

Gilbert attacks!! Sagan is trying to jump on It! Stybar follows with Bernoot, Durbridge and the other Quickstep man. Sagan doesn't look great as Bernoot goes over the top.

Sagan did hit the deck earlier today, he's not been as amazing as he has done in the past. Bernoot and Gilbert go away after Van Avermaet. The other Quickstep man is Florian Senechal.

Gilbert and Bernoot join Van Avermaet. Gilbert almost certainly won't ride... can they make it over to Terpstra and Lampaert?

Daniel Oss has found himself again somehow and is back onto the front of the Sagan group. Terpstra looks so so smooth, Lampaert doesn't look bad either. Gilbert having a very nice rest while Van Avermaet and Bernoot do all the work to chase the lead two.

Coming up to the Kappelburg, Paterburg and Oude Kwaremont! Taaienburg isn't far off either. 46km to go.