TOUR OF FLANDERS
Rather than potentially trying to beat the likes of Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet in a sprint finish, Quick-Step instead used their strength and depth to break up the race from the off. Tom Boonen was first, upping the pace on the Muur van Geraardsbergen, forcing a 14-rider split that featured his team-mates Matteo Trentin and Philippe Gilbert but crucially not Sagan or Van Avermaet. Gilbert followed the same approach on the Oude Kwaremont with 55km to go. He accelerated, and upon realising no one else was strong enough to stay with him simply carried on alone, a move that took him out of reach all the way to the finish. Quick-Step have often been criticised for having the numbers but getting their tactics wrong at the biggest Classics: this time there wasn’t a mistake in sight.