After the race, Sport Director Servais Knaven talked TeamSky.com through the day: "Ian felt good in the front group. It was a case where he wasn't in the best position towards the Kemmelberg. Then he was unable to make it across into the first group, so that was a shame. Gianni was trying to move him up but then he went down. Ian was just behind and was able to narrowly avoid the crash. He was on his own after that which is not an easy position.
"Gianni has some bruises and took some skin off. He was able to finish the race but we will take a look at him now."
On the new-for-2016 gravel sectors, Knaven added: "The gravel sectors made it a little bit harder but without them the race was hard enough in itself. So I'm not sure it made too much of a difference."
1. Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing) 5:39:05
2. Jens Keukeleire (Orica-Scott) s.t.
3. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) +6"
4. Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors)
5. John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo)
12. Ian Stannard (Team Sky)