Alexander Kristoff sprints to victory at Ghent-Wevelgem 2019

John Degenkolb takes second behind Kristoff in bunch finish

Alexander Kristoff wins the 2019 Ghent-Wevelgem (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) put in a powerful sprint from a reduced group to take victory in the 2019 Ghent-Wevelgem.

The Norwegian launched from a perfect position after jumping onto the wheel of the attacking Direct Energie rider Damien Gaudin, and launched his sprint in the middle of the road with just under 100 metres to go. No-one was able to match his speed, with John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and Oliver Naesen (Ag2r La Mondiale) attempting to latch on to his wheel. They could do nothing to stop Kristoff though, who won clear ahead of former winner Degenkolb with Naesen in third.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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