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Norwegian sprinter Thor Hushovd has taken victory in the Het Nieuwsblad classic.

In an action-packed finale, Hushovd took advantage of strong team riding by his Cervelo squad to win the sprint with ease, after several rivals were impeded by a crash.

A two-up break by Hushovd’s team mate Heinrich Haussler and Rabobank’s Sebastian Langeveld, which went away with 35 kilometres to go, looked like it might be successful. But the pair were caught with less than a kilometre to go.

As the sprint opened, several riders hit the deck, while Hushovd forged ahead three lengths clear of Belgium’s Kevyn Ista.

HET NIEUWSBLAD 2009 RESULTS

1. Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo

2. Kevyn Ista (Bel) Agritubel

3. Juan-Antonio Flecha (Spa) Rabobank

4. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto

5. Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Columbia

6. Frederic Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet

7. Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo

8. Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo

9. Niki Terpstra (Ned) Milram

10. Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step

British

61. Roger Hammond (GB) Cervelo at 45secs

62. Jeremy Hunt (GB) Cervelo at same time

142. Ian Stannard (GB) ISD at 12-32

Het Nieuwsblad 2009The bunch on the cobbles

Het Nieuwsblad 2009Brit Roger Hammond in action

Het Nieuwsblad 2009Jeremy Hunt leads on the cobbles

Het Nieuwsblad 2009Thor Hushovd scores another win for Cervelo

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