Almost one year after his silver medal at the World Championships, Biniam Girmay returned to the roads in Overijse which were also part of the course for the rainbow race. Around twenty hills such as a triple ascension of the cobbles of the Bekestraat and the Moskesstraat had to be covered in total.
For a long time, the breakaway resisted to the return of the peloton which got smaller and smaller. Girmay accelerated on the penultimate passage of the Moskesstraat, before a trio managed to escape. The Eritrean rider sprinted for fourth place in the peloton and crossed the line in fifteenth position.