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Mark Cavendish wins Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Back-to-back British wins as Belgian Classics season get underway - but Etixx-Quick Step blushed spared today

Mark Cavendish has made it back-to-back wins for British riders in Belgium on the opening weekend of the Classics season - and in doing so has given his Etixx-Quick Step team cause for celebration after Team Sky's Ian Stannard outfoxed three of its riders to win the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad yesterday.

It's Cavendish's second victory in the Belgian Classic, the first coming in 2012 in the jersey of world champion, when he was riding for Team Sky.

Today, the British team's hopes rested on Italian sprinter Elia Viviani, but despite Sky working hard to help chase down a late attack by BMC Racing's Philippe Gilbert, he finished third, with Cavendish beating Katusha's Alexander Kristoff to the line.

Last week Etixxx-Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere warned Cavendish he needed to win some big races ahead of his contract expiring at the end of this season if he wants to stay with the team.

Here are Lefevere and Tom Boonen talking about Cavendish's win, as well as the Manx rider himself.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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