When Greg Van Avermaet left Gent on Sunday morning, his priorities probably weren't to post an impressive ride on Strava.
Nevertheless, after he'd casually won one of the biggest Classics, having attacked incessantly from around 70km out and out sprinted Orica-Scott rider Jens Keukeleire, he uploaded a 155mile ride at a stunning 27.2mph average.
Now, he did have the help of a very nervous peloton to accelerate things, but Van Avermaet was involved in attacks quite a way out from the line.
The race takes in some brutal climbs like the notorious Kemmelberg, only a mile in length but topping out at over 20% and all on cobbles.
Van Avermaet took the KoM on that climb, matching Frenchman Arnaud Demare to post a time of 3:48. This was where Van Avermaet made his decisive move, distancing all but Sagan with Degenkolb just about making contact on the descent. The trio were then caught by a small chasing group containing Michael Matthews among others. Keukeleire then split the group when the cooperation amongst the group stopped. Sagan, Van Avermaet, Terpstra, and Matthews' teammate joined him. The group split again when Sagan refused to drag Terpstra to the finish. Van Avermaet led out the 2 man sprint, holding off Keukeleire by a wheel.
View his full ride here
Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. After joining the road.cc staff in 2016 as a reviewer, Liam quickly started writing feature articles and news pieces. After a little time living in Canada, where he spent most of his time eating poutine, Liam returned with the launch of DealClincher, taking over the Editor role at the start of 2018. At the weekend, Liam can be found racing on the road both in the UK and abroad, though he prefers the muddy fields of cyclocross. To date, his biggest race win is to the front of the cafe queue.