Peter Sagan cruises home in sprint finish at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
By Andy Charles
Last Updated: 26/02/17 5:15pm
World champion Peter Sagan stormed to victory in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne where Team Sky's Luke Rowe finished third.
Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) came out on top of the five-man group which made it to the finish in Kuurne, launching his sprint from some way out and having time to look around for dangers in the final 100m.
Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) put up a fine defence of his title and came home second ahead of Rowe, who had also finished sixth in Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, where Sagan was runner-up.
Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal) and Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) rounded out the top five, with the quintet having broken clear inside the final 25kms.
Stuyven launched the attack and was followed by Sagan and Trentin, with Rowe and Benoot making the junction soon after.
But none could manage to break Sagan or match the Slovakian when he launched his race-winning attack on his way to a first win of 2017.
Saturday's winner Greg Van Avermaet finished seventh, just beaten by Arnaud Demare when the second group on the road crossed the finishing line after 200.7km.