Brutt claims solo Vendée victory

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.

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1Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha4:38:40
2Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:10
3Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBox Bouygues TelecomRow 2 - Cell 2
4Florian Vachon (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 3 - Cell 2
5Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 4 - Cell 2
6Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) AgritubelRow 5 - Cell 2
7Steven Van Vooren (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 7 - Cell 2
9Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 8 - Cell 2
10Alexandre Botcharov (Ltu) Team KatushaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Jérémy Galland (Fra) Besson Chaussures - SojasunRow 10 - Cell 2
12Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) AgritubelRow 11 - Cell 2
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) AgritubelRow 16 - Cell 2
18Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des JeuxRow 17 - Cell 2
19Nicolay Trussov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 19 - Cell 2
21Julien Simon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - SojasunRow 20 - Cell 2
22Niels Brouzes (Fra) Auber 93Row 21 - Cell 2
23Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 22 - Cell 2
24Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 23 - Cell 2
25Anthony Ravard (Fra) AgritubelRow 24 - Cell 2
26Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Besson Chaussures - SojasunRow 25 - Cell 2
27Erki Putsep (Est) Cycling Club BourgasRow 26 - Cell 2
28Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 27 - Cell 2
29Tony Gallopin (Fra) Auber 93Row 28 - Cell 2
30Yury Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La MondialeRow 29 - Cell 2
31Sébastien Harbonnier (Fra) Continental Team DifferdangeRow 30 - Cell 2
32Gennadi Mikhaïlov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 31 - Cell 2
33Mathieu Claude (Fra) BBox Bouygues TelecomRow 32 - Cell 2
34Maryan Hary (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 33 - Cell 2
35Lazlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team KatushaRow 34 - Cell 2
36Arnaud Courteille (Fra) Française Des JeuxRow 35 - Cell 2
37Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:29
38Benoît Sinner (Fra) Besson Chaussures - SojasunRow 37 - Cell 2
39Morten Knudsen (Den) Continental Team DifferdangeRow 38 - Cell 2
40Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBox Bouygues TelecomRow 39 - Cell 2
41Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:30
42Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 41 - Cell 2
43Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:00:32
44William Bonnet (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:00:36
45Anthony Roux (Fra) Française Des JeuxRow 44 - Cell 2
46Florian Guillou (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 45 - Cell 2
47Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:39
48Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 47 - Cell 2
49Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 48 - Cell 2
50Florian Morizot (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun0:00:43
51Stephane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 50 - Cell 2
52Jef Peeters (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 52 - Cell 2
54David Lelay (Fra) AgritubelRow 53 - Cell 2
55Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 54 - Cell 2
56Julien Mazet (Fra) Auber 93Row 55 - Cell 2
57Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 56 - Cell 2
58Franck Bouyer (Fra) BBox Bouygues TelecomRow 57 - Cell 2
59Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Besson Chaussures - SojasunRow 58 - Cell 2
60Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:48
61Mikael Chérel (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:57
62Jérôme Cousin (Fra) BBox Bouygues TelecomRow 61 - Cell 2
63Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel0:01:01
64Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française Des JeuxRow 63 - Cell 2
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 93Row 68 - Cell 2
70Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93Row 69 - Cell 2
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 - EuskadiRow 75 - Cell 2
77Yohan Cauquil (Fra) Cycling Club Bourgas0:02:08
78Janek Tombak (Est) Cycling Club BourgasRow 77 - Cell 2
DNFFabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 93Row 78 - Cell 2
DNFNadir Haddou (Fra) Auber 93Row 79 - Cell 2
DNFNicolas Jouanno (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 80 - Cell 2
DNFMart Ojavee (Est) Cycling Club BourgasRow 81 - Cell 2
DNFHristomir Angelov (Bul) Cycling Club BourgasRow 82 - Cell 2
DNFPetar Eustatiev (Bul) Cycling Club BourgasRow 83 - Cell 2
DNFMartin Prazdnovsky (Svk) Cycling Club BourgasRow 84 - Cell 2
DNFPieter Ghyllebert (Bel) Cycling Club BourgasRow 85 - Cell 2
DNFNicolas Baldo (Fra) Continental Team DifferdangeRow 86 - Cell 2
DNFPatrick Gressnich (Lux) Continental Team DifferdangeRow 87 - Cell 2
DNFFredrik Johansson (Swe) Continental Team DifferdangeRow 88 - Cell 2
DNFTom Thill (Lux) Continental Team DifferdangeRow 89 - Cell 2
DNFStéphane Augé (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFMickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFRomain Villa (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 92 - Cell 2
DNFAndoni Lafuente (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFAitor Hernandez Gutiérrez (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 94 - Cell 2
DNFJavier Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFJorge Azanta Soto (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFPierre Cazaux (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFBastien Delrot (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFMark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFBenny De Schrooder (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly TeamRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFMatthew Brammeier (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFPaidi O'Brien (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFDenis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 103 - Cell 2

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