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McEwen sprints to fourth Paris-Bruxelles win

Robbie McEwen (Predictor-Lotto) at the Tour of Switzerland

Robbie McEwen (Predictor-Lotto) at the Tour of Switzerland (Image credit: Sirotti)

Australian Robbie McEwen (Predictor Lotto) collected his fourth win at the Paris-Bruxelles race Saturday. It was also his third win a row after also taking the 2002 edition. McEwen claimed victory by out-sprinting Jeremy Hunt (Unibet.com) and Honorio Machado (Tenax) at the end of 220km.

"The final was very nervous. It was very fast and it wasn't possible for one team to control the peloton," said McEwen to AFP. "(Thor) Hushovd took off strongly with 500 meters to go." But the Crédit Agricole rider made his break too early.

"The last meters were very difficult. I was dying ten times during the sprint. But good, I won, which was the important thing! To win four times on the same course, that's something improbable. It's fantastic."

Ten riders broke away mid-way through the race, but couldn't make their effort stick and were caught with 34 kilometers to go.

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