The early breakaway consistent of Katie Clouse (Human Powered Health), Gaia Masetti (AG Insurance - NXTG Team), Tanja Erath (EF Education-TIBCO-SVB), Leonie Bos (Parkhotel Valkenburg) and Amalie Lutro (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team). With 124 kilometers on the menu though, many of them within the cobbled sectors that make this race unique, the group never got much of a gap and it's remnants survived only until 63 kilometers to go.
The attacks had started, with Kopecky, Brand and Bastianelli attacked with 54 kilometers to go and getting a gap, that would later be closed but with consequences in the ever-smaller peloton. Elisa Longo Borghini made a move with 34 kilometers after as her teammate Elisa Balsamo was disqualified after a sticky bottle, and she became a headache in the SD-Worx led peloton who were not being able to close the gap to the Italian champion.
There was a concerted chase to do so, but as the race thinned down over Carrefour de l'Arbre, Trek had the numbers to prevent proper organization in the chasing group, which saw Borghini's gap increase. After a 34-kilometer solo attack, she arrived at the velodrome alone and had the time to properly celebrate one of the biggest wins of her illustrious career.