Trussov wins in Catalunya, Valverde maintains control
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Friday, May 22, 2009

Trussov wins in Catalunya, Valverde maintains control

by VeloNation Press at 5:30 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Race Reports and Results, Volta a Catalunya
Russia's Nicolai Trussov (Katusha) won the fifth stage of the Volta a Catalunya between La Seu d'Urgell and Torredembarra in a sprint finish beating Norweigian Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam).

Nobody expected the Russian to make such a showing over Hushovd who isn't normally the team sprinter.

Trusov told the AP, "Normally (Alexei) Markov does the sprints, but today he was dropped with 10 kilometres to go, I seized my own chance."

That's just what the young Russian did on the 201km course, possibly giving him a chance to sprint for the team in the future. Spain's Alejandro Valverde retained the overall lead with no changes being made in the general classification on the day.

1. Nikolay Trusov (RUS) Team Katusha in 4.28.58 (44.905 km/h)
2. Thor Hushovd (NOR) Cervelo TestTeam
3. Fabio Sabatini (ITA) Liquigas
4. Greg Henderson (NZL) Team Columbia-Highroad
5. Pablo Urtasun (SPA) Euskaltel-Euskadi

1. Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 18hr 18min 36sec
2. Daniel Martin (IRL) at 15sec
3. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP) 22
4. Mikel Astarloza (ESP) 34
5. Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (ESP) 38

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