Volta a Catalunya 2009: Trusov wins
Team Katusha may have found itself a new sprinter: Russian Nikolay Trusov. The former track pursuiter took a convincing victory over Thor Hushovd, Cervelo‘s proven sprint winner. Trusov, who lived in the region as an amateur said he was familiar with the roads and this gave him an advantage in the finale.
It was “Normally [Alexei] Markov does the sprints, but today he was dropped with 10 kilometres to go, I seized my own chance,” Trusov said, according to AP. “I accelerated for the line from a long way out, and I thought with 100 metres to go that Hushovd would catch me.
“But this time round, I just managed to hang on and take a really important victory for me.”
1 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha 4.28.58 (44.905 km/h) 2 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 3 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas 4 Greg Henderson (NZl) Team Columbia - Highroad 5 Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 6 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 7 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 8 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Fuji-Servetto 9 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C. 10 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank