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Alexander Kristoff © Gallo Images

UAE's Kristoff sprints to Gent Classic win



Alexander Kristoff of UAE Emirates produced a convincing sprint to clinch victory from a select group in the Gent-Wevelgem spring classic on Sunday.

The big Norwegian punched the air repeatedly after beating Germany's John Degenkolb and Belgian Oliver Naesen after a small group of one day specialists caught a late breakaway near the end of the 251km race.

"I got the right wheel in the sprint and my form was good coming into the Flanders season," said Kristoff.

"We took it easy in the second group after the escape but it was a hard day right from the start," he added.

Jumbo's Belgian powerhouse Wout Van Aert made the first move blowing the tight group apart after 50km with Peter Sagan, Matteo Trentin and Luke Rowe part of that breakaway that was caught 20km from home.

For the 31-year-old Kristoff the win marks an important return to form after he won Milan-San Remo in 2014 and the Tour of Flanders in 2015 and who now has seven classic wins on his roll of honour.

RESULTS

1. Alexander Kristoff ( NOR ) UAE TEAM EMIRATES 05:26:08
2. John Degenkolb ( GER ) TREK - SEGAFREDO 00:00:00
3. Oliver Naesen ( BEL ) AG2R LA MONDIALE 00:00:00
4. Mathieu Van Der Poel ( NED ) CORENDON - CIRCUS 00:00:00
5. Danny Van Poppel ( NED ) TEAM JUMBO - VISMA 00:00:00
6. Adrien Petit ( FRA ) DIRECT ENERGIE 00:00:00
7. Matteo Trentin ( ITA ) MITCHELTON - SCOTT 00:00:00
8. Rüdiger Selig ( GER ) BORA - HANSGROHE 00:00:00
9. Matej Mohoric ( SLO ) BAHRAIN - MERIDA 00:00:00
10. Jens Debusschere ( BEL ) TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN 00:00:00
11. Søren Kragh Andersen ( DEN ) TEAM SUNWEB 00:00:00
12. Carlos Barbero ( ESP ) MOVISTAR TEAM 00:00:00
13. Tiesj Benoot ( BEL ) LOTTO SOUDAL 00:00:00
14. Anthony Turgis ( FRA ) DIRECT ENERGIE 00:00:00
15. Jens Keukeleire ( BEL ) LOTTO SOUDAL 00:00:00
16. Stefan Küng ( SUI ) GROUPAMA - FDJ 00:00:00
17. Jasper Stuyven ( BEL ) TREK - SEGAFREDO 00:00:00
18. Luke Rowe ( GBR ) TEAM SKY 00:00:00
19. Elia Viviani ( ITA ) DECEUNINCK - QUICK - STEP 00:00:00
20. Greg Van Avermaet ( BEL ) CCC TEAM 00:00:00
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