I thought OPQS had it in the bag, but no sooner had Steegmans come through then he peeled off
steegmans didn't so much pull off, but cav recognized what was happening and got onto griepels wheel because lotto and argos train were motoring way beyond steegmans. Steegmans would just have put cavendish another bike length behind.
pretty much argos just understood and probably watched the last 4 years of cav winning to know they needed to be 1st and 2nd into the last turn. Guys are so fast these days (and trains) that in the last 250m-300m, unless you are a peasant, you can kinda hold onto the win, even if you nose is out front and in the wind.
I dunno if OPQS were pulling based on effort or based on the 'distance' to the line, but once trentin hit the front, lotto and argos really came to the front quick. Trentin's pull seemed short and the cannondale dude didn't help. Sadly when i saw cav 5th wheel, i was like this is looking grim. Even the moto videographer had faith as he was fixated on cav , he didn't even show kittel up front!
i still have this image of wiggin's leading out EVB last year..... taking it up at like 1100m to go, and taking the peloton DEEP. Seated pursuit power, putting two orica trains in the danger zone.... that was seriously the dopest. He took like a 20-30second pull. edit: in rewatching my iphone video of the finish, wiggins took a 32 second pull.