“This was an amazing team job, " said Cancellara. "Everyone was against us and we just stayed focused. We came on the Oude Kwaremont for the last time and Gregy Rast said everyone looked tired, so I tried to do the first selection there. Peter (Sagan) and I came up to Roelandts then and I knew I had to go again to get away from Peter. It happened like we’ve been planning for months. Hard work from me and the team and sacrificing time with our families. I can count on two hands the number of days I’ve been home this winter. It hasn’t been easy for my wife and kids but these are the hard choices we make. My career won’t last forever so it’s important to pick moments to enjoy. This victory is for my family and team. They gave me so much support. And for the fans – it was a perfect day. My second win in Flanders has been exceptional. I will relax now and recover from this effort and see what happens next week.”
Peter Sagan said, "“Today’s second place is a great result. I didn’t suffer any problems and I was able to do my best to stay in the front of the race. Cancellara was simply the strongest today. I couldn’t do more than this. I have understood I can win the ‘Ronde’. I’m 23 years old, with many years in front of me to take it”.
The best placed Italians, finishing in the first large group, were Daniel Oss (BMC Racing Team) in 12th at 0:01:39 and Oscar Gatto (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) in 15th in same time. Gatto could have perhaps finished higher but suffered several flats.
Filippo Pozzato (Lampre-Merida) a favorite, finished 44th (4'56" to the winner Cancellara). "During the race I was quite good, even if I did not feel that I was at my best," said Pozzato after the race. "I tried hard to be in the head group, thanks to the support of my teammates, especially by Cimolai and Cattaneo. But, but on Paterberg I had a gear problem and so my hopes ended there."
The most discussed photo of the race has been this one for which Sagan has tweeted an apology:
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