Brutt wins in Limburg

Sat, 31 Mar 16:08:00 2012

Pavel Brutt (Katusha) won the Hel van Het Mergelland one-day race in Limburg, Netherlands.

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He beat Simon Geschke (1t4i) and Daniel Schorn (NetApp) to the line at the end of the 198km route.

The Russian champion escaped inside the opening kilometre with Bert-Jan Lindeman and dropped the Vacansoleil-DCM rider only to be joined by Geschke, Schorn (NetApp), Pieter Serry (Topsport Vlaanderen) and Marc De Maar (UnitedHealthCare).

The five-man group stayed away from the peloton and Brutt timed his sprint to perfection with 600 metres to go.

"I'm very happy with this victory," said Brutt. "I felt in a good shape, I was in a breakaway from the beginning and I thought the peloton could reach us in the final circuit: but when I saw they didn't manage to, I tried to anticipate my sprint and luckily my rivals were surprised and they couldn't catch me.

"I'm very glad with this victory and my shape. I had to withdraw from Tirreno-Adriatico because of a flu."

Eurosport

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