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Viacheslav Kuznetsov, Gent-Wevelgem's surprise package

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Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Team Katusha)

Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Team Katusha)
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Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha) was third at Gent-Wevelgem

Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha) was third at Gent-Wevelgem
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Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha) looks for a smooth path through the cobbles

Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha) looks for a smooth path through the cobbles
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The quarter of Peter Sagan, Sep Vanmarcke, Viacheslav Kuznetsov and Fabian Cancellara

The quarter of Peter Sagan, Sep Vanmarcke, Viacheslav Kuznetsov and Fabian Cancellara
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Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) wins Gent-Wevelgem

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) wins Gent-Wevelgem
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Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) wins the four-man sprint to victory at Gent-Wevelgem

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) wins the four-man sprint to victory at Gent-Wevelgem
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In Peter Sagan’s account of the finale of Gent-Wevelgem, Viacheslav Kuznetsov was simply “the guy from Katusha.” In Fabian Cancellara’s version, he was “the Russian.” No matter who was telling the story, Kuznetsov was the unknown quantity of the winning move at Gent-Wevelgem, where he finished a surprising third.

“I thought if I started the sprint first, from the back, it could be a surprise for them, and then I’d have more of a chance than if I’d waited for them to start: I mean, it would have been difficult to pass Peter Sagan,” he said.

“This was maybe the best day in my life,” he said.

“Now morale is good again after Gent-Wevelgem. We’re waiting for other races, for De Panne and Flanders. For sure we will fight there.”

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