Belgian champion Stijn Devolder stunned "Tour de Flandres" favourites to win the 92nd edition of the classic cobblestone race. Devolder resisted chasers' come-back on the final two climbs, cheered on by a thrilled home crowd.
The first gold medal of the 2008 Manchester's cycling track championships was earned on Wednesday by Briton individual pursuit title-defender Bradley Wiggins, who beat Dutchman Jenning Huizanga in the final.
Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara celebrated his 27th birthday with victory in the week-long "Tirreno-Adriatico", as the cycling world turns its attention to Saturday's Italian classic, the "Milano- Sanremo".
Tour de France organisers confirmed title holder Alberto Contador's team Astana would not take part in the 2008 edition of the world's most famous cycle race, following its involvement in doping scandals last year.