VIDEO: Thrilling finale as Christophe Laporte holds off Van Aert, Kooij and De Lie to take European Championships title

Christophe Laporte is the new European Championships winner and boy did he have to fight for his victory in the closing metres.

After attacking solo with 12km to go, Laporte looked to have an unassailable lead heading into the final kilometre but an incredible effort from Arnaud De Lie brought Wout van Aert back into contention and as the Belgian launched his sprint with Olav Kooij on his wheel, Laporte looked to pedalling squares. Giving one final push though, the Frenchman narrowly managed to hold on for a career-defining victory.

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