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
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