Brutt wins alone in Chiaramonti

Pavel Brutt of Katusha won the 34th edition of the Classica Sarda one-day race after being part of a successful escape group.

The Russian took his first win of the season by a narrow margin ahead of Emanuele Sella (Androni Giocattoli), with Giro di Sardegna winner Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) third.

A 22-man escape group got away only 11km into the race and stayed away until the end. At one point the break had a lead of ten minutes.

With ten km to go, the group had shrunk to 12 riders: Vincenzo Nibali, Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale), Robert Kiserlovski (Astana), Damiano Cunego, Francesco Gavazzi, (Lampre-ISD), Emanuele Sella, Robert Ferrari (Androni Giocattoli), Oscar Gatto, Elia Favilli (Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli), Pavel Brutt (Katusha), Tino Zaballa (Miche) and Geraint Thomas (Great Britain).

Attack followed attack in the finale. Sella took the lead near the finish but Brutt caught and passed him to win by two seconds. Sagan led the remains of the group over the finish line three seconds later.

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Brief Results
1Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team4:50:26
2Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:02
3Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:05
4Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 3 - Cell 2
5Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 4 - Cell 2
6Geraint Thomas (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:00:11
7Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Pro Team Astana0:00:12
8Constantino Zaballa Gutierrez (Spa) Miche - Guerciotti0:00:16
9Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:30
10Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:00:39
11Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 10 - Cell 2
12Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha Team0:02:38
13Benjamin King (USA) Team RadioShackRow 12 - Cell 2
14Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:02:43
16Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Pro Team Astana0:02:48
17Matthew Busche (USA) Team RadioShack0:03:16
18Chad Beyer (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Androni Giocattoli0:03:19
20Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 19 - Cell 2
21Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:03:21

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