Brutt claims solo Vendée victory

Brutt earns first win of season

Russia's Pavel Brutt soloed the final ten kilometres of the Tour de Vendée to earn his first victory of the 2009 season. "I won't slow down until the end of the Tour of Lombardy", Brutt said, still eager to race at the end of a lengthy road season.

Brutt, along with teammates Alexandre Botcharov and Sergeï Ivanov, was part of a 16-man breakaway that decided the 38th Tour de Vendée. Katusha and Agritubel had strength in numbers with three riders each in the decisive move, but Agritubel's Brice Feillu, Nicolas Jalabert and Nicolas Vogondy proved to be no match for the Russian ProTour team. Local hero Thomas Voeckler (BBox Bouygues Telecom) was also unable to counter Katusha's tactics with only the lone trainee Jérôme Cousin at his side.

"We decided we should make the front group explode in the last ten kilometres", said Brutt who attacked first and was fantastically protected by Ivanov. The teamwork by Ivanov was payback for all the work done by the rider from St. Petersburg for the Russian champion when Ivanov won the Amstel Gold Race earlier this year.

At Katusha, Brutt is highly regarded as a team player and has grown as a rider with the Russian ProTour squad. Brutt was a member of the Continental team Tinkoff when he placed third at the 2006 Tour de Bretagne. Once Tinkoff became a Pro Continental team, he delivered the first win for the team as he claimed stage nine of the 2007 Le Tour de Langkawi in Seremban. In 2008 Brutt earned the most prestigious victory of his career thus far, stage five of the Giro d'Italia in Contursi Terme.

"I'm still in a learning process of my career", said the 27-year-old. "I learn a lot from Ivanov and I must say that cycling is much easier with him." The Russian champion is still frustrated from the world championship where he sought the rainbow jersey. The masterpiece of the Katusha team in Vendée indicates that Andreï Tchmil's squad remains focused and competitive for the final two weeks of the 2009 season.

The Tour de Vendée was the last leg of the French Cup but series leader Jimmy Casper (Besson Chaussures - Sojasun) had an insurmountable lead and didn't take part. Casper instead chose to ride the Circuit Franco-Belge in preparation for Sunday's Paris-Tours. With Mathieu Ladagnous finishing second behind Brutt in the group that also included Finnish teammate Jussi Veikkanen, Française des Jeux secured the French Cup team title over outgoing Agritubel.

Results
1Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha4:38:40 
2Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:10 
3Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
4Florian Vachon (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
5Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
6Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel  
7Steven Van Vooren (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team  
8Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
9Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
10Alexandre Botcharov (Ltu) Team Katusha  
11Jérémy Galland (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun  
12Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Agritubel  
13Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel0:00:14 
14Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française Des Jeux0:00:15 
15Sergueï Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:17 
16Koldo Fernandez de Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:21 
17Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel  
18Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
19Nicolay Trussov (Rus) Team Katusha  
20Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
21Julien Simon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun  
22Niels Brouzes (Fra) Auber 93  
23Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
24Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
25Anthony Ravard (Fra) Agritubel  
26Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun  
27Erki Putsep (Est) Cycling Club Bourgas  
28Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
29Tony Gallopin (Fra) Auber 93  
30Yury Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale  
31Sébastien Harbonnier (Fra) Continental Team Differdange  
32Gennadi Mikhaïlov (Rus) Team Katusha  
33Mathieu Claude (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
34Maryan Hary (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
35Lazlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Katusha  
36Arnaud Courteille (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
37Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:29 
38Benoît Sinner (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun  
39Morten Knudsen (Den) Continental Team Differdange  
40Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
41Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:30 
42Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
43Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:00:32 
44William Bonnet (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:00:36 
45Anthony Roux (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
46Florian Guillou (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
47Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:39 
48Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
49Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
50Florian Morizot (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun0:00:43 
51Stephane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
52Jef Peeters (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team  
53Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
54David Lelay (Fra) Agritubel  
55Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
56Julien Mazet (Fra) Auber 93  
57Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
58Franck Bouyer (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
59Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun  
60Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:48 
61Mikael Chérel (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:57 
62Jérôme Cousin (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
63Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel0:01:01 
64Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
65Cyril Bessy (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun0:01:08 
66Damien Gaudin (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:01:09 
67Yann Pivois (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:01:15 
68Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 930:01:17 
69Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 93  
70Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93  
71Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:22 
72Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel0:01:28 
73Hakan Nilsson (Swe) Continental Team Differdange0:01:29 
74Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:50 
75Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:01 
76Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
77Yohan Cauquil (Fra) Cycling Club Bourgas0:02:08 
78Janek Tombak (Est) Cycling Club Bourgas  
DNFFabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 93  
DNFNadir Haddou (Fra) Auber 93  
DNFNicolas Jouanno (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFMart Ojavee (Est) Cycling Club Bourgas  
DNFHristomir Angelov (Bul) Cycling Club Bourgas  
DNFPetar Eustatiev (Bul) Cycling Club Bourgas  
DNFMartin Prazdnovsky (Svk) Cycling Club Bourgas  
DNFPieter Ghyllebert (Bel) Cycling Club Bourgas  
DNFNicolas Baldo (Fra) Continental Team Differdange  
DNFPatrick Gressnich (Lux) Continental Team Differdange  
DNFFredrik Johansson (Swe) Continental Team Differdange  
DNFTom Thill (Lux) Continental Team Differdange  
DNFStéphane Augé (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
DNFMickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
DNFRomain Villa (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
DNFAndoni Lafuente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFAitor Hernandez Gutiérrez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFJavier Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFJorge Azanta Soto (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFPierre Cazaux (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFBastien Delrot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFMark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly Team  
DNFBenny De Schrooder (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team  
DNFMatthew Brammeier (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly Team  
DNFPaidi O'Brien (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly Team  
DNFDenis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha  
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