Juan Sebastián Molano (UAE Team Emirates) won a mini sprint showdown to capture victory at the GP Denain, beating Tim van Dijke (Jumbo-Visma) for glory after the pair came to the finish together among a group of six escapees.
2008 winner Edvald Boasson Hagen (TotalEnergies) instigated the winning move at 30km out on the Quérénaing cobbled sector, the eighth of 12 at the race, bringing seven other men with him in the attack. The group would quickly build a 20-second advantage over the peloton, catching the early break along the way before splintering to five on the final sector at Avesnes-le-Sec.
With the impetus to chase behind lost, the final 10km saw Boasson Hagen, Van Dijke, Timo Kielich (Alpecin-Deceuninck), and the UAE pairing of Molano and Mikkel Bjerg away and set to contest the finish.
Bjerg led things out after a long pull for Molano, though it was Boasson Hagen who started the sprint long at 300 metres to go. Molano, who earlier this year won a stage of the UAE Tour, had too much power, though and came through to take a clear victory, the 21st of his career.
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