Danny van Poppel (Trek Factory Racing) won the first stage of the 3 Days of West Flanders. The young pro from Holland was able to beat Danilo Napolitano (Wanty Group – Gobert) and Scott Thwaites (NetApp-Endura) into the minor positions. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung suffered some more bad luck when team captain, Gerald Ciolek, had to abandon the race after suffering with an illness for a few days now. “Gerald is not well now but he is on antibiotics in order to get well before Tirreno,” said DS Jens Zemke. Stage 1 saw an early break go containing 4 riders who would press open an.
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