Brussels: Britain`s former world champion Mark Cavendish won a sprint finish to claim the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne semi-classic one-day race in Belgium on Sunday.
The Etixx-Quick Step rider made up for his teammates` stunning defeat at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad the previous day when three riders were outsmarted by Team Sky`s Ian Stannard at the finish.
Cavendish, who also won this race in 2012, beat Norwegian Alexander Kristoff and Sky`s Italian sprinter Elia Viviani at the finish.
It was the Manxman`s sixth victory already this season.
The Spring Classics season began with Saturday`s Het Nieuwsblad, when Tom Boonen, Paris-Nice champion Niki Terpstra and Stijn Vandenbergh rode a poor tactical race to be outsmarted by Briton Stannard.
But the first full classic race of the season, the Milan-San Remo race, is on March 22.