Dylan van Baarle continued a fantastic week for Ineos Grenadiers as he produced a superb long-range solo attack to win Dwars door Vlaanderen.
Van Baarle made his move with 52km remaining of the 184km course and couldn’t be caught, winning the race by 26 seconds.
Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) sprinted from the chasing group to claim second while Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) took third.
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Pre-race favourites Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) did not contend for victory or make the top 10.
Van Baarle’s victory comes just a few days after Ineos occupied all three podium places at the Volta a Catalunya, with Adam Yates beating team-mates Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte to victory.
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"To win a semi-Classic is super special. It's high on the list," said Van Baarle.
"Last year was a difficult year, of course with everything that happened. So, we're in a good way. We approached the Classics a bit different this year, much more attacking.
"It's nice, it's nice to race like this and I'm happy I could finish it off."
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Dwars door Vlaanderen is part of the build up to the Tour of Flanders on Sunday, and Ineos look to be in excellent form ahead for the cobbled Classic.
Van Baarle had finished in the top 10 in his previous two races in Belgium over the last week and he made his decisive move from a breakaway group with 52km remaining.
Several groups formed in pursuit, but Alaphilippe and Van der Poel were at the back and didn’t threaten to contend.
Van Baarle went over the Holstraat and Nokereberg climbs and by the time he tackled the short cobbled sections it was clear he was strong enough to win, with nobody able to catch him.
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