Mark Cavendish's Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne win in pictures

Mark Cavendish took his sixth win of the 2015 season at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne in Belgium. Photos by Graham Watson

Mark Cavendish wins the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
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Mark Cavendish continued his strong start to the 2015 season, winning the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne semi-classic race in Belgium on Sunday.

Cavendish's victory made amends for Saturday's result for his Etixx-QuickStep team in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, which saw three of the team's riders overhauled by Brit Ian Stannard in the race's finale.

It was Cavendish's sixth win of the year so far, and saw him easily sprint ahead of rival Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) to take the honours. It will serve as a huge morale boost for the Manxman, as Kristoff has been touted as one of the leading favourites for Milan-San Remo later this month.

Cavendish said after the victory: "I’m happy to beat Kristoff, one of the best riders in the world right now. I’m happy to win in the first showing against him this year.”

The way Cavendish took on the climbs of KBK will have his Milan-San Remo rivals worried.

Mark Cavendish restores Etixx-QuickStep's pride with Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne win

After losing out in Saturday's Het Nieuwsblad, there were no mistakes for Etixx-QuickStep in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

The peloton passes through Kortrijk in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

The peloton passes through Kortrijk in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
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Ian Stannard chases in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Ian Stannard chases in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
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Bernhard Eisel and Elia Viviani in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Bernhard Eisel and Elia Viviani - Viviani would finish third
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Zdenek Stybar leads an escape in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Zdenek Stybar leads an escape
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Tom Boonen leads an escape in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Tom Boonen heads the break
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The peloton in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

The peloton in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
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Pim Ligthart in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Pim Ligthart climbs on the cobbles
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The peloton in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

The peloton in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
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Ian Stannard in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Ian Stannard shows that he's just that bit harder than everyone else. And he's smiling
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Philippe Gilbert attacks in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Philippe Gilbert's put in a huge effort to attack late in the race, but was caught
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Mark Cavendish wins the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Mark Cavendish wins the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
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Mark Cavendish celebrates after winning the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Mark Cavendish celebrates with his team
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Mark Cavendish on the podium after winning the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Mark Cavendish with the winner's cuddly donkey
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