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Boasson Hagen secures Ghent-Wevelgem win

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  • Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen claims victory in Ghent-Wevelgem classic
  • The 21-year-old Columbia rider gets better of Aleksandr Kuschynski in sprint
  • Race favorite Mark Cavendish was left isolated following an early breakaway
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(CNN) -- Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen has claimed the biggest victory of his career by winning the 203km Ghent-Wevelgem classic in Belgium on Wednesday.

Boasson Hagen claimed the biggest victory of his career when taking Ghent-Wevelgem.

Boasson Hagen claimed the biggest victory of his career when taking Ghent-Wevelgem.

The 21-year-old Team Columbia rider, who came to prominence when winning three stages in last year's Tour of Britain, got the better of Belarussian Aleksandr Kuschynski in a sprint finish, with Australian Matt Goss back in third.

With heavy rain making conditions difficult for the peloton, a decisive break of 14 riders went away in the final 50km of the contest before Liquigas' Kuschynski made a solo escape after the second ascent of the cobbled Kemmelberg climb.

However, he was soon caught by the powerful Boasson Hagen and the mud-splattered pair fought out the finish after opening up a gap of nearly a minute on their rivals.

Boasson Hagen's team-mate Mark Cavendish was the hot favorite to secure victory in a race that often ends in a bunch sprint finish.

However, the Briton was left isolated in the race's early stages when a group of 30 riders -- including four of his team-mates -- broke away.

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