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(Deutsch) Katusha und das Movistar Team: Fight for Pink beim Giro d’Italia 2014

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

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The 2014 Giro d’Italia is just around the corner and both Canyon ProTeams are set to be right in the hunt for the coveted “Maglia Rosa”. With 21 stages, two time trials, one team time trial and a whole host of big mountain stages, this year’s edition promises to be a close-fought classic.

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In a race that will favour the featherweight climbers of the peloton, Nairo Quintana of Movistar Team and Katusha’s Joaquim Rodríguez line up at the start as marked men for the title. As two of the best climbers in the world, both have a proven track record over this kind of terrain.

Blues vs. Reds.

Canyon vs. Canyon.

Get ready for some epic racing as the 2014 Grand Tours get underway…

Rodríguez: “It’s time I netted a Grand Tour”

Purito is without doubt one of the most consistent Grand Tour riders in the world with a number of podium performances to his name, most recently 3rd place at the 2013 Tour de France. However, he has yet to stand on the top step at the end of a three week race. In the 2012 Giro d’Italia he came agonisingly close, taking two stage wins aboard his Aeroad CF and wearing the Maglia Rosa for much of the race before losing his lead in the final time trial by just 16 seconds.

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This year could be very different. Purito has targeted the Giro as his main objective for 2014: “It’s a route which suits me. It’s got a lot of long, hard stages.” Despite a disappointing showing in the recent Ardennes classics where he suffered injury from crashing, Rodríguez wrapped up the Volta a Catalunya in style earlier this year against an incredibly strong field and rightly goes into the race as one of the main favourites.

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The 2013 Giro was a huge success for Katusha with stage wins from both Maxim Belkov and Luca Paolini and multiple days in pink. The Katusha squad will be focussed on shepherding Purito through the mountains where the race will be decided: “The team is a very strong one, well-focused, and that’s always important.”

Quintana steps up to leadership

One of the performances that got people talking most in 2013 was Nairo Quintana’s debut Tour de France. After taking 2nd place overall, the best young rider’s jersey, the polka-dot jersey, not to mention a stage win, it was certain to all that it’s only a matter of time before the Columbian climber bags a Grand Tour. With a course so packed full of climbing, that win could come even sooner than many expected as Quintana takes to the start in Belfast as the man to beat.

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With a stage race win and a number of consistent performances coming early in 2014, Quintana clearly has the form, and as last year’s Tour de France showed, the stamina to last three weeks. Movistar Team have a number of mountain domestiques to aid Quintana in his bid for overall glory but can also look elsewhere for success. Adriano Malori is racing his home Grand Tour and will have his eye on the stage 12 time trial, with two TT wins already under his belt this season it would be hard to bet against him.

The Contenders

Quintana and Rodríguez will have their work cut out if they want to arrive in Trieste wearing pink. This year a number of strong contenders will line up at the start to ensure an incredibly open race for 2014. Those to watch out for include BMC veteran Cadel Evans and OPQS’s Rigoberto Uran, both of whom finished on the podium last year. Past winners of the race riding this year include Ivan Basso of Cannondale, Michele Scarponi of Astana, and most recently, 2012 winner Ryder Hesjedal of Garmin -Sharp.

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The Route

As is increasingly the trend with the Grand Tours, this year’s Giro d’Italia will get underway on foreign soil, this time in Belfast, Northern Island. Two sprint stages on the Emerald Isle follow the opening 21 km team time trial around Belfast on Friday, which will determine who gets to be the first rider to pull on the pink jersey.

After its brief stint abroad and a rest day after the weekend, the race returns home to the heel of Italy on Tuesday 13th May. The first real test for the GC contenders comes the following Saturday with the first category summit finish to Montecopiolo in the Apennines mountains. With gradients creeping up to 13%, stage 8 will provide the first proper climbing showdown.

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The next big test in the second week comes in the form of a 42 km individual time trial over the rolling Barolo vineyards. This stage is bound to have a big impact on the general classification and will likely define the rest of the race. Both our teams will deploy the Speedmax CF for absolute efficiency on the climbs and maximum speed on the flats and descents.

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Two first category summit finishes lie in store over the following Saturday and Sunday providing no let-up for the riders before the Giro heads into its brutal final week. When names like the Stelvio, Monte Grappa and Monte Zoncolon appear the end of a 3 week stage race, you know it’s going to hurt… Stage 16 will be explosive as the riders tackle three big summits in just 139 km of racing.

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Then on Friday there will be no place for the riders to hide as they face an excruciating 26 km mountain time trial.

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Saturday brings the dreaded Zoncolon for the final GC battle. The Zoncolon has achieved legendary status in the Giro with its unfathomably steep 20% pitches and uneven gradients. It’s more like climbing a wall than a road. Massive crowds will line the mountain on this day as the final places in the GC are settled.

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The following day marks the final stage of the 2014 Giro d’Italia with a procession into the city of Trieste before a fast sprint finish.

Check back here for more content throughout the race and look forward to an action-packed 2014 Giro d’Italia!

Team Katusha Line-up: Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa), Maxim Belkov (Rus), Giampaolo Caruso (Ita), Vladimir Gusev (Rus), Alberto Losada (Spa), Daniel Moreno (Spa), Luca Paolini (Ita), Angel Vicioso (Spa), Eduard Vorganov (Rus)

Movistar Team Line-up: Nairo Quintana (Col), Andrey Amador (Crc), Igor Anton (Spa), Eros Capecchi (Ita), Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa), José Herrada (Spa), Gorka Izagirre (Spa), Francisco Ventoso (Spa), Adriano Malori (Ita)

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(Deutsch) Valverde ist der König der Ardennen

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Valverde takes historic Flèche Wallonne for Canyon

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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On the final brutal ascent of the Mur de Huy, it was Movistar Team’s Alejandro Valverde who proved the strongest to take a historic victory for Canyon at Flèche Wallonne.

Following wins in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, Canyon bikes have now triumphed four times on the trot at the Ardennes Classic, in an unprecedented run of success.

With gradients well in excess of 20%, watching the legendary finish up the Mur de Huy resembles a super-slow-motion bunch sprint – few other races in the world provide such a vivid impression of the riders’ effort. To succeed, the winner has to time their effort to perfection – go too early and you’ll fade away, wait too long and it’s too late.

Valverde, who also triumphed in the race back in 2006, proved to have the legs and the experience as he built a gap over a select group of uphill specialists on his Ultimate CF SLX just after the steepest section of the climb.

Having notched up his eighth victory of the year, the Spaniard becomes the most successful rider so far in 2014 and will go into Sunday’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège as the man to watch. The race marks the climax of the Ardennes Week and could be the perfect birthday present for Valverde, who turns 34 on Friday.

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Kristoff Wins Monumental Milan-Sanremo

Monday, March 24th, 2014

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Norwegian sprints to career-defining victory  

Alexander Kristoff of Team Katusha took the biggest win of his career yesterday at the 2014 edition of Milan-San Remo. The Norwegian triumphed in the cold and the rain by unleashing a powerful sprint on his Ultimate CF SLX at the end of 300 km and just under seven hours of tough racing. His success in Italy’s biggest one-day race marks the third victory in a Monument for Katusha following Joaquim Rodríguez’s successive wins at Il Lombardia in 2012 and 2013.

Katusha to the fore in the wind and rain

With the blizzards and freezing conditions of the 2013 edition still fresh in the memories of many, nobody could blame the riders for longing after more pleasant conditions this year. Unfortunately for them, it wasn’t to be as they rode through rain and hail for the entirety of the race, providing a spectacle of endurance and suffering for spectators at home.

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Katusha proved to be among those most hardened to the extreme conditions with many riders still present in the finale to work for Kristoff and all riders finishing the race. The Russian duo of Pavel Brutt and Aleksandr Kuchynski were highly visible through the gloomy conditions, upping the pace in a depleted peloton prior to the penultimate climb of the day, up the Cipressa, to reel in the day’s break.

Heading up the race’s final climb of the Poggio, which topped out just 6 km from the finish line, Kristoff was able to stay in touch with the front group as several riders attempted to break away and put the sprinters in difficulty. Fortunately for Kristoff he still had Italian Classics specialist Luca Paolini at his side. Paolini put in an enormous effort to shepherd Kristoff back to the front of the pack down the dangerous descent into Sanremo and then kept the pace high to within the last 600 metres, putting off any late attacks.

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Sprint Royale

An elite group of around 25 riders made it to the line to fight for the win with many of the pre-race favourites and previous winners still present, including Fabian Cancellara, Gerald Ciolek, Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan. Nevertheless, with some 300 km in the legs Kristoff proved to be the strongest, surging ahead in the final 150 metres to win by a couple of bike lengths over Cancellara and Team Sky’s Ben Swift.

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“It was the best moment of my life”, claimed a delighted Kristoff after the finish, who was keen to highlight the work by his teammate Paolini: “I just said, ‘I’m here Luca,’ and he brought me to the front. He could stay in the group, follow the attacks and he did a great job. I’m very thankful to him. […] A sprint after 300 km is different from one after 200 km. Normally I don’t lose much power even on a long stage”. The Norwegian is well aware of the significance of yesterday’s win and the impact it will have, “Milan-Sanremo really puts you on the map and it’ll always stay in my career. It’s important. It’s almost unbelievable.”

Lobato takes 4th for Movistar Team

Perhaps one of the most standout performances yesterday came from Spain’s Juanjo Lobato, who in his debut Milan-Sanremo just missed out on the podium by finishing 4th. It was a hugely encouraging display by the young sprinter who is in his first season for Movistar Team and rounded off a perfect day for Canyon.

Canyon bikes have now triumphed six times in cycling’s Monuments since 2009.

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Purito – sølv til verdensmesterskabet i Toskana

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Joaquim Purito Rodríguez var kun få centimeter fra at vinde verdensmesterskabet, der blev kørt i Toskana i søndags. Efter utrolige 270km cykelløb i regn, lyn og torden, stak Purito første gang afsted på den sidste stigning lige uden for Firenze.

Efter flere angreb på de sidste 5km, så det ud til at han havde fået nok hul til at vinde en legendarisk solo sejr, men portugisiske Rui Costa nåede op til ham med 600m til mål. Efter 7 timer på cyklen kæmpede de to nu intenst i spurten på de sidste meter, og Purito missede lige præcis sin drømmesejr og måtte tørre tårerne af ansigtet ved præmieoverrækkelsen.

Vi vil gerne udtrykke vores uforbeholdne respekt for hans indsats, ikke kun til VM, men gennem hele sæsonen. Vi er stolte over dig. Tillykke Joaquim!

Grande Purito!

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Katusha’s Paolini vinder Giro d’Italia etape og kører i den lyserøde førertrøje på Canyon

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Med et flot timet angreb vandt Katusha Teams Luca Paolini tredje etape i Marina d’Ascea i 2013 udgaven af Giro d’Italia på sin nye Canyon Ultimate CF SLX. Paolini’s sejr er den første Grand Tour etape sejr for den nye Canyon Ultimate CF SLX, der blev introduceret til Eurobike 2012. “Vi er meget stolte over Luca Paolini, og hans flotte sejr i Italien”, udtaler Canyon’s team koordinator Andreas Walzer. “Han viste suverænt overblik, og vi er overbevist om, at Katusha teamet har styrken til at opfylde ambitionerne i Giro d’Italia.”

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Paolini overtog også den lyserøde førertrøje. Med sine 36 år, så er det utroligt at dette faktisk er det første Giro d’Italia for Katusha’s italienske klassiker specialist Luca Paolini. “Jeg har altid kørt på hold, der ville have att jeg skulle køre Touren, eller også kørte jeg Vuelta for at forberede mig til VM. , så jeg er meget glad for at blive valgt til at køre Giroen,” udtaler Paolini. “Jeg kørte denne etape som en klassiker. Vi kørte en god holdkørsel på anden etape, så jeg vidste at jeg kunne overtage førertrøjen, hvis jeg vandt. Jeg angreb på det rigtige tidspunkt og fik med det samme et hul. At vinde etapen og førertrøjen er en drøm, der bliver til virkelighed for mig!

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Paolini vandt hermed sin 15. og absolut største sejr i sin karriere. Da feltet eksploderede de sidste 25km. forblev Paolini fokuseret. Han forklarer “Jeg led meget på stigningen, men jeg reagerede ikke på angrebene, kørte bare mit eget tempo. Jeg angreb, da det virkelig gjaldt. Jeg vidste, at der var en lille stigning nær mål, og jeg kører ok nedad, så jeg tog chancen. Jeg tror det er den bedste dag i min karriere.”

Paolini dedikerede sejren til hans far, og han forklarer “Min far var indlagt på sygehuset i dag grundet en mindre operation. så den lyserøde trøje er til ham.” Luca Paolini og Katusha teamet vil arbejde hårdt på at beholde den lyserøde førertrøje så længe som muligt. Med sine 246km, så er 4. etape fra Policastro til Serra San Bruno, så er etapen en af dette års Giro´s længste med en gradvis 10km stigning mod mål.

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Canyon sejr i”Eschborn-Frankfurt” med Simon Spilak

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Så havde Erik Zabel igen forudset vinderen. I lørdags til Stoppomat Challenge ved Pure Cycling Festival tippede Canyon ambassadør og sportslig leder af Team Katusha auf Simon Spilak som vinder til “Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt”.

Fire dage senere blev Zabels forudsigelse til realitet. Sloveneren snød hele sprintereliten med ryttere som André Greipel og John Degenkolb, og han kørte sin Canyon først over mållinjen foran sidste års vinder Moreno Moser.

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Næste store triumf for Spilak
Spilak var endda oprindeligt slet ikke planlagt til at køre løbet. “Vi besluttede, at grundet min gode form, så skulle jeg deltage, og det gav gevinst”, udtalte en glad Spilak efter løbet.

Efter sin sejr i GP Miguel Indurain og en flot samlet andenplads i Tour de Romandie, føjede den 26 årige Spilak med sejren i den tyske endags klassiker endnu en flot sejr til CV’et: “Første halvdel af sæsonen er nu veloverstået, og jeg er meget tilfreds.”

Tillykke til Simon og hele Katusha teamet!

Daniel Moreno triumferer i Flèche Wallone

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Flot sejr til Katusha på Muur de Huy! Det russiske World Tour Team dominerede den midterste Ardenner klassiker og tog første- og sjettepladsen.

På den op til 26 procent stejle stigning mod mål, havde Daniel Moreno de bedste ben og kørte på sin Aeroad CF som vinder over målstregen.

Joaquim “Purito” Rodríguez, fuldendte triumfen, da han sluttede som nr. 6 kun otte sekunder efter Moreno.

Purito: Klar til Lüttich-Bastogne-Lüttich

Ingen tid til at slappe af for Katusha profferne efter denne succes. Søndag, 21. april følger den sidste Ardenner klassiker Lüttich-Bastogne-Lüttich, Puritos yndlingsløb. Det er det ældste endagsløb, og det er takket være sin meget bakkede profil gennem de walloniske Ardenner en af de sværeste klassikere overhovedet.

Den næsten 260 kilometer lange rute indeholder talrige stejle stigninger. Den mest berømte er Cote de la Redoute med en længde på 2km og maksimal stigning på hele 20%. Det er lige præcis det slags terræn Purito elsker. Venga Purito!

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Følgende Katusha ryttere er udtaget til Ardenner ugen:
Giampaolo Caruso (ITA), Alexandr Kolobnev (RUS), Alberto Losada (ESP), Daniel Moreno (ESP), Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP), Simon Spilak (SVN), Angel Vicioso (ESP), Eduard Vorganov (RUS).

Canyon og Katusha: lær af hinanden, vind sammen!

Vær med!. Overbevis os om at du er en stor “Purito” fan, og tag med os til Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Han sluttede 2012 sæsonen som nr. 1 på UCI verdensranglisten, og han vil blive æret ved starten af Tour of Catalonia. Han vandt bla. Lombardiet Rundt og Flèche Wallonne.
Han kørte mange dage i den lyserøde førertrøje i Giro d’Italia og den røde førertrøje i Spanien Rundt.
Og han er tændt til 2013 sæsonen.

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Vi taler selvfølgelig om Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez, den enestående spanske rytter på Katusha World Tour Teamet
For få dage siden vandt han en flot sejr i Tirenno-Adriatico, og i dag stiller han med store ambitioner til start i Tour of Catalonia.

Selv om Purito helt sikkert ikke vil mangle motivation, så har vi designet en speciel Aeroad CF til ham, som helt sikkert vil fange de mange fans opmærksomhed, samt de andre ryttere (der forhåbentligt alle er blevet sat af Purito).

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Vi er meget stolte over at kunne tilbyde jer, vores fans, en helt unik mulighed i dag.

Hvad kan du vinde:

Du kan komme med til klassikeren Liège-Bastogne-Liège, og komme helt tæt på Katusha teamet, og selvfølgelig også Purito, når verdenseliten kæmper sig over “La Doyenne”. Du vil selvfølgelig også få muligheden for at møde Purito personligt, og udødeliggøre øjeblikket for dine venner. Vores Social Media Team være med dig og opleve super cykelløb sammen med dig. Vi dækker selvfølgelig rejse og hotel omkostninger.
Vi afholder en speciel præmieudtrækning for alle deltagere med flotte præmier fra Katusha og Canyon.

Hvad skal du gøre:

Som professionel cykelrytter, så er fansene de vigtigste for Purito. Hvis du kan overbevise ham om, at du er hans største fan, så er du den helt rigtige person til at vinde denne super præmie.
Mail os et foto eller en tegning (max. 5 MB), der viser hvor passioneret en fan du er, og overbevis Purito. Brug e-mail adressen meetpurito@canyon.com, og skriv i emne feltet “I am the biggest Purito fan”. Husk at billedet skal være af dig, og du skal have rettighederne til at bruge det.
Ved at sende os dit foto, så giver du os lov til at publicere det på Facebook og vores andre medie kanaler såsom Twitter og Canyon.com.
Deadline for indsendelse er 3. april 2013. Vi forbeholder os ret til at ekskludere modtaget materiale, der indeholder krænkende og upassende fotos. Canyon og Katusha ansatte må ikke deltage.

Hvad sker der herefter?

Vi vil jævnligt uploade alle de fotos vi modtager i et Facebook album, så du kan se, hvem der er ægte Purito fans. Hvis du gerne vil have dit Facebook navn på dit billede, så skriv venligst dette tydeligt i din e-mail ved deltagelsen i konkurrencen. Purito vil gennemse alle fotos og vælge den mest overbevisende fan, og vi vil derefter offentliggøre vinderen på alle vores medie kanaler. Hvis du vinder, så vil vi kontakte dig direkte, og du behøver ikke at gøre mere, end at se frem til fantastisk oplevelse.

Vi ønsker alle deltagerne i konkurrencen held og lykke!

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Kroning af Canyon Aeroad CF og “Purito” Rodriguez

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Det har været officielt siden sidste lørdag. 2012 sæsonen er slut, og for andet år i træk er Canyon Aeroad CF kronet som den mest succesulde cykel på UCI World Tour. Efter at Philippe Gilbert i 2011 snuppede den ene sejr efter den anden på denne angrebscykel, så var det i år Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez tur til at tage UCI titlen – og det gjorde han med stil.

Han lagde grundlaget for Aeroad CF titel forsvaret med etapesejre i Tirreno-Adriatico og Baskerlandet Rundet, hans sejr i Flèche Wallonne, og hans utrolige kørsel iført den lyserøde førertrøje i Giro d’Italia, hvor han sluttede på en samlet andenplads, kun 16 sek. efter vinderen Ryder Hesjedal.

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I hans anden store etapeløb i 2012 sæsonen, Vuelta a Espana i hjemlandet Spanien, imponerede Purito igen med tre etapesejre og mange dage i den røde førertrøje, inden han til allersidst måtte se sig slået af hans spanske rivaler Contador og Valverde.

I sit sidste løb i 2012 sæsonen, sikrede Purito sig kronen ved at vinde Tour of Lombardy, et monument indenfor cykelsporten. Han overtog dermed førstepladsen på UCI ranglisten foran Bradley Wiggins, med en total på 692 point, hvilket er 91 point foran Wiggins og 282 point foran Tom Boonen.

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I holdkonkurrencen vandt britiske Sky team den samlede sejr, fulgt af det russiske Katusha team, der er sponseret af Canyon.

Canyon & Katusha: Lær af hinanden, vind sammen