(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.
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.