Stage 3 begins on the Belgian coast at Blankenberge, hugging the shore until Ostend before heading inland to Ardooie. Unless a breakaway can gain a big enough lead before reaching the Belgian town, the stage seems destined for a sprint finish. The circuit of Ardooie is actually pretty technical, with some tight corners to navigate before a straight 1km run in.
The technical aspects of the final urban circuit may make organisation difficult, however these are the types of finish which Sagan will relish with his exquisite bike handling skills ready to come to the fore.
Freewheeling Prediction – Sagan looks to be the likely beneficiary of the technical corners in the final circuit. After backing the Cofidis boys for an outside chance with Nacer Bouhanni on Stage 1, don’t bet against them on this stage either. Bouhanni was close on the first day, and he has won here before in 2014.