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Brutt wins alone in Chiaramonti

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Pavel Brutt (Katusha)

Pavel Brutt (Katusha)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) was caught out by the final attack.

Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) was caught out by the final attack.
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Robert Kiserlovski (Astana)

Robert Kiserlovski (Astana)
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Geraint Thomas (Sky) was in the break but missed the final selection.

Geraint Thomas (Sky) was in the break but missed the final selection.
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Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre-ISD) attacks and is marked by Peter Sagan and Oscar Gatto (obscured)

Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre-ISD) attacks and is marked by Peter Sagan and Oscar Gatto (obscured)
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Emanuelle Sella, Pavel Brutt and Peter Sagan made up the podium in the Clasica Sarda

Emanuelle Sella, Pavel Brutt and Peter Sagan made up the podium in the Clasica Sarda
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Emanuell Sella (Androni Giocattoli) reacts to Brutt's attack

Emanuell Sella (Androni Giocattoli) reacts to Brutt's attack
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Pavel Brutt (Katusha) puts in the race-winning move at the Classica Sarda

Pavel Brutt (Katusha) puts in the race-winning move at the Classica Sarda
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Sella, Brutt and Sagan on the podium

Sella, Brutt and Sagan on the podium
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Emanuelle Sella (Androni Giocattoli)

Emanuelle Sella (Androni Giocattoli)
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Pavel Brutt (Katusha) celebrates as he heads to the win.

Pavel Brutt (Katusha) celebrates as he heads to the win.
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The peloton rolls out for the Classica Sarda.

The peloton rolls out for the Classica Sarda.
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Pavel Brutt (Katusha) has a dig

Pavel Brutt (Katusha) has a dig
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Pavel Brutt (Katusha)

Pavel Brutt (Katusha)
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Everyone wave

Everyone wave
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The Clasica Sarda podium: Sella, Brutt and Sagan

The Clasica Sarda podium: Sella, Brutt and Sagan
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Favilli and Cunego exchange their thoughts on the sprint

Favilli and Cunego exchange their thoughts on the sprint
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Pavel Brutt (Katusha)

Pavel Brutt (Katusha)
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Emanuele Sella (Androni Giocattoli)

Emanuele Sella (Androni Giocattoli)
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Constantino Zaballa (Miche)

Constantino Zaballa (Miche)
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Elia Favilli (Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli)

Elia Favilli (Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli)
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Jonathan Monsalve (Androni Giocattoli)

Jonathan Monsalve (Androni Giocattoli)
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Brutt crosses the line

Brutt crosses the line
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Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre - ISD) sprints against Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale)

Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre - ISD) sprints against Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale)
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Brutt gave it everything during his final surge

Brutt gave it everything during his final surge
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Sagan leads the chasers home

Sagan leads the chasers home
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Pavel Brutt (Katusha) celebrates his win

Pavel Brutt (Katusha) celebrates his win
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The sign-on was near the archeological ruins of Barumini

The sign-on was near the archeological ruins of Barumini
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The Clasica Sarda peloton

The Clasica Sarda peloton
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The race rolls out

The race rolls out
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RadioShack and BMC riders sign on

RadioShack and BMC riders sign on
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The race leaves the archeological site of Barumini

The race leaves the archeological site of Barumini
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The chasers roll on

The chasers roll on
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it was another hard day in the saddle in Sardinia

it was another hard day in the saddle in Sardinia
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Many in the chasing peloton climbed off at the feed

Many in the chasing peloton climbed off at the feed
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The Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli team lead the chase

The Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli team lead the chase
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Geraint Thomas (Great Britain) out of the saddle

Geraint Thomas (Great Britain) out of the saddle
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The break goes through the feed zone

The break goes through the feed zone
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Pavel Brutt (Katusha)

Pavel Brutt (Katusha)
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Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale)

Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale)
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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.

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 - ISD
5Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli
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 - ISD
12Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha Team0:02:38
13Benjamin King (USA) Team RadioShack
14Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
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 Team
19Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Androni Giocattoli0:03:19
20Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
21Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:03:21

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