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Estonian sprinter wins Belgian classic

AG2R’s Estonian sprinter Jan Kirsipuu came home alone to win the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne 190km classic on Sunday. Second place went to Belgian Serge Baguet, with Italy's Enrico Cassani third. Kirsipuu took the risk of a solo break with 10 kilometers to go, a move that surprised his rivals Paolo Bettini of Mapei-Quick Step and Serge Baguet of Lotto, and paid dividends with Kirsipuu’s fourth victory of the season. "I was the fastest in the leading pack and everyone was keeping a close eye on me," he said. "So I made my break early, it's perhaps the best one day victory of my

By VeloNews Interactive Wire Services, Copyright AFP 2002

AG2R’s Estonian sprinter Jan Kirsipuu came home alone to win the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne 190km classic on Sunday. Second place went to Belgian Serge Baguet, with Italy’s Enrico Cassani third.

Kirsipuu took the risk of a solo break with 10 kilometers to go, a move that surprised his rivals Paolo Bettini of Mapei-Quick Step and Serge Baguet of Lotto, and paid dividends with Kirsipuu’s fourth victory of the season.

“I was the fastest in the leading pack and everyone was keeping a close eye on me,” he said. “So I made my break early, it’s perhaps the best one day victory of my career.”

Copyright AFP 2002

Results

KUURNE-BRUSELLES-KUURNE, Kuurne, Belgium. March 3; 1. Jan Kirsipuu (Est) AG2R, 188km in 4:31:00; 2. Serge Baguet (B), at 0:04; 3. Enrico Cassani (I), at 0:05; 4. Lars Michaelsen (D); 5. Chris Peers (B); 6. Hendrik Van Dijck (B); 7. Tom Boonen (B); 8. Tristan Hoffman (Nl); 9. Kim Kirchen (Lux); 10. Roberto Lochowski (G), all same time