In Belgium Jens Debusschere (Lotto Belisol), a team colleague of André Greipel, prevailed. The 24-year-old relegated Roy Jans (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) to places in the mass sprint.
In Italy Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), the top favorite for the green-white-red jersey, won. The 29-year-old Tour favorite celebrated his first win in over a year. On the last climb of the day he broke away from an illustrious group and won ahead of Davide Formolo (Cannondale) and Matteo Rabottini (Neri Sottoli).
In the Netherlands there was a solo win by Sebastian Langeveld (Garmin-Sharp). Behind him, Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) won the sprint ahead of Wesley Kreder (Wanty-Groupe Gobert).
In Spain, Team Movistar celebrated a double victory with Ion Izagirre and Alejandro Valverde. Both had broken away from the field in the final kilometers of the race on the World Championship circuit in Ponferrada. Third was Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Euskadi).
In Czechia Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) prevailed as a soloist ahead of his teammate Petr Vakoc. Third place went to defending champion Jan Barta from the German team NetApp-Endura.
In Denmark The WorldTour team Tinkoff-Saxo played to its strengths and secured the title with Michael Valgren. In France Arnaud Démare (FDJ.fr) relegated his teammate Nacer Bouhanni to second place. Peter Sagan (Cannondale) defended his title in the Slovakia. In Ireland Ryan Mullen (An Post-Chain Reaction), in Russia Alexander Porsev (Katusha). In the Switzerland Martin Elmiger (IAM) prevailed in the sprint of a three-man lead group ahead of Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge) and Steve Morabito (BMC). In Luxembourg won Fränck Schleck (Trek).