Wout van Aert animated the first hilly classic of the season and claimed another classic podium by sprinting to second place.
With 40km to race, Pidcock launched an attack, followed by Trentin and Van Aert, with the trio pulling a large group across to the existing breakaway. The same trio eventually managed to escape 15 km from the finish, after which they sprinted for the day's honours.
Van Aert launched his sprint first from the back of the group, 150m from the finish, but it proved too early as Pidcock jumped onto his wheel to take victory.
“It was a difficult race to control. Everyone was looking at us in the beginning. On the local lap we lost our grip as a team and we let other teams surprise us too much. Eventually I managed to escape with Tom and Matteo and that created a good situation arose. Tom was strong in the race, but I hoped to beat him in the sprint. I started early, but my legs filled up very quickly. Today the strongest rider won and that was Pidcock. It’s always frustrating when you just come up short at the end, but for the rest I rode in the best possible way today.”