Alexander Kristoff claimed sprint victory at Three Days of De Panne
Alexander Kristoff claimed victory on the final morning at the Three Days of De Panne to move into the race lead.
Last Updated: 28/03/13 4:59pm
The Norwegian was well-placed heading out of the final tight right-hander to out-kick Italian rivals Sacha Modolo (Bardiani-CSF) and Elia Viviani (Cannondale) in De Panne.
Wednesday's stage winner Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) was unable to contest at the head of the sprint after the Manxman struggled to move up sufficiently in the final kilometres.
The end result sees Kristoff move into a four-second lead over Arnaud Demare (FDJ) with Cavendish a further five seconds back in third place overall.
Earlier Russell Downing (NetApp-Endura) made his way into the day's five-man break on the 112.6km test, the quintet eventually finding themselves caught with 22km to go.
Prior to the stage there had been a number of high-profile abandonments with Flanders favourites Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale) choosing to climb off before the double header.
The race will be decided on Thursday afternoon with a final 14.75km time trial blast along the seafront in De Panne.