Irish rider Sam Bennett won the sprint finish to claim victory in the Classic Brugge-De Panne.

It was Bennett's first win in a one-day WorldTour race, as he beat Jasper Philipsen and Pascal Ackermann in a sprint to the line.

The 30-year-old who races for Deceuninck-Quick-Step also secured his first one-day victory of the season in Belgium.

"It's super important to get this win," Bennett told

"Being in a Belgian team with Belgian sponsors, we want to perform on home soil.

"For myself, personally, it's my first one-day WorldTour race - something I've been chasing for many years and I'm happy to get it here today."

Bennett was also slightly critical of the course, with a number of turns in the final kilometres, saying: "I was a little bit nervous, there was too many yellow poles and brick walls and footsteps coming up for a bunch sprint like that.

"It's an important race and everyone wants to be there. You have a lot of riders under pressure and we all want to get a result - you don't need that in the final. It was a good day and a great race today."