Team SD Worx's race plan was soon clear: thin out the peloton by attacking in turns. With a fierce acceleration on Hertstraat, Marlen Reusser reduced the leading group to five riders. Only Silvia Persico, Shirin van Anrooij, Margot van Pachtenbeke and Elisa Chabbey could follow the Swiss' pace. On Moskesstraat, defending winner Demi Vollering bridged, together with Liane Lippert. "I felt good. The fact that I could close the gap so well gives a nice feeling. Only in the last hour I ate too little. As a result, I got a hunger pang. So that wasn't very smart."