Alexander Kristoff wins opening stage of Three Days of De Panne

Luke Rowe fifth in Three Days of De Panne stage one after late puncture forces the Welshman to drop out of the lead group

Alexander Kristoff wins stage one of the 2016 3 Days of DePanne

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) won the opening stage of the Three Days of De Panne in Belgium on Tuesday on his return to racing after missing Sunday's Ghent-Wevelgem with illness.

Kristoff, Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Lieuwe Westra (Astana) and Luke Rowe (Sky) formed the winning move into the final 30km of the hilly stage from De Panne to Zottegem.

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