For Greg Van Avermaet this is a first win in a cycling classic, though it's the 40th victory by a fellow countryman in the French race's 105 year history.
The 26-year-old told newsmen: "It's a very special feeling. I was the only member of my team among the leaders and was able to escape together with O'Grady. It wasn't easy to attack. I bided my time and waited for as long as I could. When Marco Marcato rode off I stayed with him. He was an ideal companion."
"This victory is very good for my career. It's important for my status within the team. Next year we'll have a very strong team. I ended among the first three before, but now I've also shown I can win."