Harelbeke - Former world champion Michal Kwiatkowski won the E3 Harelbeke one-day race on Friday ahead of Peter Sagan.
and Sagan rode the final 20km ahead of the pack
before Kwiatkowski launched the two-man sprint with less than 300m
to go and took victory with a comfortable margin.
Sagan, the reigning world champion, was overpowered in the final stretch and settled for second place ahead of Ian Stannard.
knew I had really good legs today and I had to go for the win, there
was no other option," Kwiatkowski said after sealing a second
consecutive victory for Team Sky at the E3, following Geraint Thomas'
win last year.
"Me and Peter did a really good race. I knew I had to go
with a long sprint because his kick is bigger than mine, and that worked
out. I didn't look back and went full gas to the finish."
classics specialist Fabian Cancellara, who had mechanical problems in
the race, fought back into contention to end fourth.
observed a minute of silence at the start of the 206km race in
memory of victims of the Brussels airport and metro bombings.