GP Ploogestraat (Belgium)

Newton blitzes field in Belgium

CHRIS Newton's World nack.Championship preparations were given a boast after he swept to an impressive road race triumph in Belgium.

Stockton's Olympic bronze medal winner broke away with a local rider after 11 of the 17 laps to score a solo win in the 102km race, near Ypres.

The pair built up a one minute lead before Newton attacked successfully on lap 15 to finish a minute clear of the field. Newton is part of Britain's four-man team pursuit squad and hopes to go one better than 12 months ago when he claimed a silver medal in the World Championships in Manchester.