Cycling - Brandle wins opening stage of Stad Zottegem

Matthias Brandle of Austria was victorious on stage one of the GP Stad Zottegem as he pipped his rivals in a breathless sprint.

Brandle, of Team Netapp, managed to outlast Jean-Pierre Drucker of Luxembourg as the pair held off the other riders.

Wouter Wippert of the Netherlands was third from Jacopo Guarnieri of Italy and Egidijus Juodvalkis of Lithuania.