Quick-Step Floors defends E3 Harelbeke attack when massive crash split peloton

Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors)

Quick-Step Floors dominated the 61st edition of the one-day classic E3 Harelbeke in Belgium on Friday. At a massive 120 kilometres from the finish line, the Belgian team charged forward and never disappeared from the picture. They finished it off with a impressive solo victory for Niki Terpstra and a second place for Philippe Gilbert . There was a lot of debate about a massive crash in the peloton on a narrowing farm road on the plateau after the La Houppe climb. There was limited space, and numerous riders crashed behind the top 30. The Quick-Step team was already near the front at that moment of the crash, and they upped the tempo from there. "We were in front with the team," said Quick-Step director sportif Wilfried Peeters. "There were narrow roads. We knew that from the recon. There was a deviation. We didn't know there would be a crash. ...

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