The last stage in the Ster ZLM Toer went over five local laps in and around Oss and was completely flat. A breakaway of six riders was quickly formed in the opening kilometres and they managed to get a two-minute advantage. Aernouts and Hamelink decided to escape from this front group with 100 kilometres remaining. The sprint teams were aiming for another bunch sprint and because of this, the two leaders were caught again with still fifty kilometres to go. As nobody managed to escape in the final part of the race, the riders were getting ready for a third sprint finish in five days. Marcel Kittel won the stage ahead of Dylan Groenewegen and André Greipel. In all the three sprint finishes in the Ster ZLM Toer, a Lotto Soudal rider ended on the podium. Jasper De Buyst finished in seventh place in the GC, 37 seconds behind overall winner José Gonçalves.

The final stage in the Tour de Suisse was an individual time trial over 28.6 kilometres on a hilly course. Time trial specialist, Rohan Dennis was the stage favourite for today after he won the prologue last week. He finished his time trial with an average speed of 47 kilometres an hour and it became soon clear that his 36’30” was the time to beat. Other time trial specialists and the GC favourites both fell short. Stefan Küng and Damiano Caruso came in second and third at 29 and 47 seconds, respectively. The overall victory of Simon Spilak was never in danger.

Maxime Monfort put up a good final time trial; he finished 2’16” behind stage winner Dennis. He drops one spot to the 23rd place in the GC, though, after a strong Tour de Suisse. Jürgen Roelandts didn’t start this final time trial. He opted for an extra rest day in view of next week’s Belgian Championships.

After an absence of 28 years, the Elfstedenronde with start and finish in Bruges was finally back on the calendar. Six riders escaped the peloton after twenty kilometres and they stayed in front for the most part of the race. In the second half of the race, there were a lot of cobblestone sections on which the peloton increased its pace. With forty kilometres to go, a group with Tosh Van der Sande jumped from the peloton to the early breakaway. This newly formed front group sprinted for the victory after 199 kilometres, as there was no organised chase in the peloton behind them. Wout Van Aert was the fastest in the sprint; he beat Mathieu van der Poel and Lawrence Naesen. Tosh Van der Sande finished in sixth place.