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Alexander Kristoff sprints to Gent-Wevelgem victory

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Alexander Kristoff wins Gent-Wevelgem 2019

Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) produced a convincing sprint to clinch victory from a select group in a windy, fast-paced Gent-Wevelgem.

The Norwegian punched the air repeatedly after beating John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) 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.”

UAE had been banking on Fernando Gaviria, but had the nous to change tack in the wind.

“I should have been working for Fernando (Gaviria), but he told me a few kilometres from the line he felt rough. I wasn’t sure I had the legs to be honest after an effort to get into the final group. It was a really unexpected win.”

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 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.

Gent-Wevelgem 2019 results:

1Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates)

5:26:08

2John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo)

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3Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale)

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4Mathieu Van Der Poel (Corendon-Circus)

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5Danny Van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma)

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6Adrien Petit (Direct Energie)

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7Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott)

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8Rüdiger Selig (Bora-hansgrohe)

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9Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida)

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10Jens Debusschere (Katusha-Alpecin)

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11Søren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb)

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12Carlos Barbero (Movistar)

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13Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal)

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14Anthony Turgis (Direct Energie)

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15Jens Keukeleire (Lotto Soudal)

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16Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ)

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17Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)

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18Luke Rowe (Team Sky)

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19Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

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20Greg Van Avermaet (CCC)

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