Kwiatkowski wins West-Vlaanderen opener
Michal Kwiatkowski won the opening prologue at the Three Days of West Flanders.
The Polish rider from Omega Pharma-Quick Step clocked a time of eight minutes on the 7km route in Middelkerke.
The former junior time trial world champion will hold the leader's jersey going into Saturday's opening road stage from Brugge to Kortrijk-Bellegem.
The race, featuring 10 World Tour teams, concludes on Sunday with the queen stage from Nieuwpoort to Ichtegem.
Kwiatkowski was four seconds quicker than team-mate Julien Vermote with Radioshack-Nissan's Robert Wagner a further five seconds back in third.
Defending champion Jesse Sergent (Radioshack-Nissan) was sixth, 10 seconds off Kwiatkowski's time, with Sky's Alex Dowsett in 12th with a time of 8:18.