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Cavendish sprints to narrow win

Tom Boonen and Mark Cavendish
Pipped to the post: Mark Cavendish sneaked past a surprised Tom Boonen


Britain's Mark Cavendish won the Grand Prix de l'Escaut for the second year running, just ahead of Belgian Tom Boonen and Australian Robbie McEwen.

A photo finish was needed to separate Cavendish and former world road race champion Boonen at the end of the 207km event in Schoten, Belgium.

Boonen even raised his arms in victory on the finish line but Cavendish was later ruled the winner.

"I didn't see Mark beside me," Boonen said afterwards.

Belgium's Koen Barbe and Dutchman Albert Timmer made a break early in the race, and at one point were 13 minutes ahead.

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However, the pair were caught with 27km to go, and the peloton was together at the final 1km mark.

Boonen's Quick Step outfit moved to the front of the bunch, and it looked like the winner of Sunday's Paris-Roubaix race would triumph again.

However, the Belgian, who won this race in 2004 and 2006, failed by a whisker as Cavendish sneaked up to snatch the sprint.

Cavendish won gold in the madison at the recent Track Cycling World Championships and followed that with two stage victories in the Three Days of De Panne in Belgium.

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