Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) took the solo win at the Tour of Flanders, crossing the line 1:27 ahead of Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling), 1:29 ahead of Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto Belisol), and 1:39 ahead of Alexander Kristoff (Katusha).
Jetse Bol (Blanco) and Laurens De Vreese (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) were part of the day’s early break and were joined by André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol), Michael Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quickstep), Maarten Tjallingii (Blanco) and Marcel Sieberg (Lotto-Belisol). On the Koppenberg, the peloton struggled as riders unclipped from their bikes – Mirko Selvaggi (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Sébastien Minard (AG2R La Mondiale) took the opportunity to bridge across to the leaders. On the second circuit loop, only Selvaggi and Kwiatkowski remaining off the front. Yoann Offredo (FDJ), Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Belisol), Sébastien Hinault (IAM) and Sébastien Turgot (Europcar) attacked on the section after the Paterberg.
Roelandts continued on alone while Cancellara attacked from behind, with Sagan on his wheel. They bridged, and the new trio held a 15 second lead as they began the final Paterberg ascent. Cancellara placed a final attack on the steepest section of the berg, holding his lead until the end.
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