Alexey Tsatevich broke from the peloton in the...

Katusha’s Tsatevich sprints to le Samyn victory

Katusha's Alexey Tsatevich nets the first victory of his professional career at the Grand Prix le Samyn in Belgium

Brussels (AFP) — Alexey Tsatevich (Katusha) won the Grand Prix le Samyn on Wednesday in a sprint finish ahead of Kris Boeckmans (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Adrien Petit (Cofidis).

Kenny Dehaes (Lotto-Belisol) and Alessandro Bazzana (UnitedHealthcare) rounded out the top five at the Belgian race.

The 23-year-old Tsatevich, who was eighth last year, took off from the peloton in the final kilometer and was able to hold off his challengers as he crossed the finish line of the 192-kilometer course. It was the first victory of his professional career.

“I am really happy that I won today,” Tsatevich said in a team Katusha press release. “The team gave me a chance to try today, the whole race was done around me and I am thankful for that.

“I was waiting for the massive sprint, but a rider from Europcar attacked before it. I took his wheel and was able to save the energy. In the last meters I started my sprint to win. I am happy to get first Russian victory for Katusha this year.”

The route took the riders 110km from Frameries to Dour, at which point they completed five circuits.