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Kristoff beats Terpstra to win Tour of Flanders classic

Kristoff beats Terpstra to become 1st Norwegian to win Tour of Flanders; car clips Sergent

Kristoff beats Terpstra to win Tour of Flanders classic

OUDENAARDE, Belgium (AP) -- Alexander Kristoff became the first Norwegian rider to win the Tour of Flanders classic when he beat Dutchman Niki Terpstra in a sprint finish.

Kristoff, the winner of last year's Milan-San Remo classic, chose his moment to attack on the home stretch and easily held off Terpstra as they dashed to the line.

Belgian rider Greg Van Avermaet, who was runnerup to three-time champion Fabian Cancellara last year, again missed out on victory as he rolled in just behind in third place.

Earlier in the race a Shimano team service car clipped Trek Factory Racing rider Jesse Sergent, who was in a breakaway group.

Sergent sustained a broken left collarbone, a week after teammate Cancellara suffered two minor fractures to his lower back at the E3 Harelbeke classic.

Updated : 2021-09-23 22:36 GMT+08:00