In the final meters, spectators got out of the way only at the very last moment to avoid further and potentially more serious incidents.
If that wasn’t bad enough, one of the Quick-Step Floors riders hit the front in the latter stages with his head down performing lead-out duties, only to lose his sense of direction and rocket off the side of the road.
On stage 1 a section of the bunch took a wrong turn at the very end. They veered right down a road parallel to the finishing straight. They were forced to run across grass and up onto the finishing straight, climbing out from the crowd right on the finish line.
— Cyclepieces (@motorcycleMTNS) 26 ianuarie 2017