Trusov with impressive second

Nikolai Trusov scored an important moral boost by finishing second behind Italian Alessandro Petacchi in the opening stage of the Regio Tour Wednesday afternoon. The 22 year-old Russian signalled his continued emergence as sprint force that was first seen on a big stage during the Giro d'Italia last May.

"This placing is an honour and it is almost like a success for our team," said Tinkoff Credit Systems Directeur Sportif Orlando Manini. "To arrive second behind Petacchi is a truly important result, above all for a young rider like Trusov."

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