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Home Victory for Purito at 2014 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya

lunes, marzo 31st, 2014

Joaquim “Purito” Rodríguez of Team Katusha maintained a narrow lead in yesterday’s final stage of the 94th Volta Ciclista a Cataluya to take the overall ranking for the second time in his career, following victory in 2010. Just one week after Kristoff’s emphatic win in Milan-Sanremo, Katusha once again came away from the weekend with a big haul of points for the UCI WorldTour rankings. The weeklong stage race takes place on Purito’s home turf and attracted a stellar field with several grand tour favourites, such as Chris Froome and Alberto Contador taking the start but unable to better the local favourite over the mountainous route.

Purito wins Stage 3 of Volta Catalunya 2014 / Photo: TDWsport.com

Climbing High to GC Success

The foundations for overall victory were laid on the stage 3 mountaintop finish to La Molina. Rodríguez proved once again that he is one of the best in the world when it comes to steep uphill finishes by sprinting away on his Aeroad CF within the snow-lined final kilometre to gain vital seconds on the rest of his GC rivals. The stage marked Purito’s first win of the 2014 season and put him in the race leader’s jersey.

Katusha and Movistar Team leading the peloton at Volta Catalunya 2014 / Photo: Tim De Waele

Over the following stages Katusha controlled the race well to defend Purito’s slender lead against the inevitable attacks from Contador, who lay just 4 seconds behind on GC. Katusha Directeur Sportif, Dmitry Konyshev, was pleased with the outcome of the race: “This WorldTour win is important for the team and for Joaquim too because he’s Catalan.”

Purito celebrating on the podium of Volta Catalunya 2014 / Photo: Tim De Waele

Rodríguez now looks in great shape for his major 2014 objectives: “Now I look forward to trying to win in Liège-Bastogne-Liège and then on to the Giro d’Italia.”

Quintana 5th for Movistar Team

Columbia’s Nairo Quintana was the second Canyon pro to feature at the sharp end of the GC, only ten seconds down on Rodríguez, highlighting just what a close fought race the 2014 edition of the Volta a Catalunya was. Quintana is also looking to build his form ahead of the Giro d’Italia in May, and seems to be on the right track after this week and his 2nd place at Tirreno-Adriatico

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Kristoff Wins Monumental Milan-Sanremo

lunes, marzo 24th, 2014
Alexander Kristoff wins Milan - Sanremo 2014 / Photo: Tim De Waele

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.

Katusha leading the Peloton at Milan - Sanremo 2014 / Photo: Tim De Waele

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.

Luca Paolini at Milan - Sanremo 2014 / Photo: Tim De Waele

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.

Alexander Kristoff on the podium at Milan - Sanremo 2014 / Photo: Tim De Waele

“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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Tirreno-Adriatico Roundup: TT & GC Success for Movistar Team

miércoles, marzo 19th, 2014

It’s a busy time in the UCI WorldTour right now with the recent conclusion of stage races in France and Italy, and cycling’s one-day “monuments” looming just around the corner. Tirreno-Adriatico came to a close yesterday bringing an end to yet another successful week for Canyon riders: Movistar Team claimed 2nd in the GC and a stage victory through Nairo Quintana and Adriano Malori respectively, while Dani Moreno of Katusha put in strong performances throughout the week to finish 8th overall.

Magnificent Malori takes closing time trial

Adriano Malori / Photo: Graham Watson

A flat 9.5 km out-and-back time trial along the Adriatic coastline stood between the peloton and the end of a gruelling week of racing through the heart of Italy, which included riding up the country’s steepest road with gradients in excess of 30%. What better place then, for an Italian to triumph? Adriano Malori stunned the rest of the field aboard the Speedmax CF, powering to victory and taking some major scalps in the process.

Malori described his performance yesterday as “the most beautiful victory” of his entire life and after one glance at the results, who could disagree? The Italian overcame the elite of world time-trialling by not only beating Fabian Cancellara into 2nd place by six seconds, but also reigning Olympic Champion, Bradley Wiggins, and World Champion, Tony Martin. In his own words, “it almost feels like a dream to win in front of the best specialists in the world.”

Quintana defends 2nd place in GC    

Nairo Quintana & Dani Moreno / Photo: Graham Watson

Malori’s was not the only standout performance in yesterday’s ITT as Nairo Quintana consolidated his 2nd place in the GC, backing up his climbing performances from earlier in the race. With riders perceived as more adept time-trialists breathing down his neck, the Columbian proved yesterday he is not just exceptional in the hills by putting time into all his rivals including eventual race winner, Alberto Contador. As a key build up event ahead of the Giro d’Italia, things are heading in the right directions for Quintana’s big season goal: “I’m getting used to the way of racing in Italy, the roads, how everything works here”.

Tirreno-Adriatico: Nairo Quintana on the podium / Photo: Tim De Waele

A recent spate of time-trial equipment testing, training and wind tunnel time has paid dividends for Movistar Team. In the race’s opening TTT they surprised the rest of the field with an impressive display to finish 3rd, and in addition to Malori’s victory yesterday British national champion Alex Dowsett also finished 6th.  In a discipline where equipment plays such a vital role, the gains provided by the Speedmax CF have been backed up by three victories already in 2014.

Alex Dowsett / Photo: Graham Watson

Milan-Sanremo Preview: La Primavera kicks off 2014 monuments

In a sport with such a rich history as cycling, there are some races that transcend all others: Milan-Sanremo is one such race. Considered one of cycling’s five monuments, at a shade under 300km it is the longest race of the season, with the distance alone presenting a major obstacle to the riders in addition to the short coastal climbs that feature in its finale. As such, past winners include a wide mix of classics specialists, sprinters and GC riders.

Luca Paolini / Photo: Graham Watson

Katusha animated last year’s snow-disrupted race with an attacking display and Alexander Kristoff eventually took the sprint behind the break in brutal conditions. So far this year the Norwegian has shown good form, taking a stage win at the Tour of Oman last month, and is a good bet as a sprinter who also climbs well. Another contender from the Russian outfit is Italian classics specialist Luca Paolini, who thrives in tough conditions and will no doubt be especially motivated for his country’s biggest one day race.

Movistar Team will be backing Jose Joaquín Rojas who stood out at last week’s Paris-Nice as the most consistent rider in the whole race. Other options for the Spanish squad should the race come down to a sprint finish include Fran Ventoso and Juanjo Lobato, who already has a number of podium finishes to his name in 2014.

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Paris-Nice Roundup: Two Canyon Riders in Top-10

lunes, marzo 17th, 2014

The 2014 “Race to the Sun” came to a close yesterday as the peloton charged along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice under clear skies, bringing an end to eight exciting and unpredictable days of racing in France. An experimental parcours characterised the 2014 edition with the lack of both summit finishes and time trials meaning the overall classification remained open throughout with just a handful of seconds separating the main contenders.

In the end it was Carlos Betancur from Colombia who triumphed with two Canyon riders featuring inside the top-10: Katusha’s Simon Spilak finished in eighth and Movistar Team’s Jose Joaquin Rojas rounded off the week just off the podium in fourth.

Having achieved a good result in 2013, Spilak was able to showcase his climbing talent once the race hit the hills of southern France and was prominent as one of the most attacking riders in the peloton, coming to within just a kilometre of holding off the bunch on the final stage into Nice.

Movistar Team wins team classification at Paris-Nice / Photo: Tim De Waele

Meanwhile, JJ Rojas was perhaps the most consistent rider in the entire race, featuring in both the sprints and the more technical finishes, and came incredibly closest to victory on the final stage, where he crossed the line second. Movistar Team also come away from the race with the Team Classification, underlining a solid performance for the squad.

All Eyes on Italy

Paris-nice was not the only UCI WorldTour race going on over the past week. Focus now switches to the remaining two stages of Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy before Milan-San Remo, the year’s first “Monument”, takes place on Sunday. Three Canyon riders are currently well-placed at Tirreno-Adriatico, with Movistar Team leader Nairo Quintana lying in second and both Dani Moreno and Giampaolo Caruso of Katusha in 7th and 9th respectively.

We’ll give you a roundup of Tirreno-Adriatico and take a look forward to “La Classicisima” later in the week.

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Wednesday Winners: Two Victories in One Day for Canyon

jueves, febrero 20th, 2014
Alexander Kristoff wins the second stage of the 2014 Tour of Oman / Photo: Tim De Waele

When you’re only halfway through the week and your riding plans at the weekend still seem a way off, it’s easy to see why people refer to Wednesday as the “hump” day.

Nevertheless, Canyon got a mid-week boost yesterday with not one, but two victories coming from our UCI ProTeams. No sooner had Norwegian Alexander Kristoff opened Team Katusha’s 2014 victory account at the Tour of Oman when Alejandro Valverde blasted through the streets of southern Spain to take the win in the prologue of the Vuelta a Andalucia.

First win in the bag for Katusha and Kristoff 

Kristoff has clearly bounced back well from the bad luck that plagued him at the Tour of Qatar, where he crashed heavily. After finishing in the top 10 on stage one in Oman, at the end of stage two he was able to show his good early season form and tactical nous by sprinting into a block headwind in a bunch kick against a strong field.

Kristoff now sits in second place in the overall standings with the situation looking good for the coming northern classics, which the Norwegian has set among his main 2014 objectives.

Alexander Kristoff on the podium after the second stage of the 2014 Tour of Oman / Photo: Tim De Waele

TT Prep pays off for Movistar Team 

Further west in sunny southern Spain, the Vuelta a Andalucia kicked off yesterday with a technical 7.3km prologue through Almeria. Fresh from a training camp to hone their positions aboard their new Speedmax CF time trial machines, Movistar Team was able reap the rewards by placing three riders in the top 10 with Valverde now leading the race. In an exhibition of supreme bike handling, Valverde ripped through the corner-strewn course and at one point even overtook the race commissaire’s motorbike.

The Spaniard was clearly pleased with his new bit of kit, stating, “It was the first time on my new TT bike and this debut was impossible to improve. We are very satisfied with how it works.” Teammates Jon Izaguirre and Javier Moreno now sit in 3rd and 7th position respectively as the squad looks in fine nick heading into the remaining four stages.

Alejandro Valverde on his way to winning the opening prologue of the 2014 Vuelta a Andalucia / Photo: Graham Watson

Purito – A tan sólo unos centímetros del Campeonato del Mundo

lunes, septiembre 30th, 2013

Joaquim Purito Rodríguez demostró su estado de forma el pasado Domingo en la prueba de la UCI World Race Championship en Toscana. Tras 270 exigentes kilómetros bajo lluvia, rayos y truenos, Purito se mantuvo arriba hasta llegar a la meta. Desafortunadamente, tras casi siete horas y media sobre el sillín, perdió la primera plaza teniendo que conformarse con la plata. Durante la ceremonia Purito se derretía entre lágrimas, se le había escapado su sueño por tan sólo unos centímetros.

Sin embargo, para nosotros, Purito es el más grande en este deporte y nos rendimos ante su mérito. ¡Felicidades Joaquim!. ¡Qué grande eres Purito!

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Alexander Kristoff ganó para el Katusha el Tour de Suiza

jueves, junio 13th, 2013

El sprinter noruego del Kautsha Alexander Kristoff ganó con poderío en la 5ª etapa del Tour de Suiza sobre su Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 Team. La etapa de 176 km partió desde Bouchs hasta Leuggern y Kristoff venció en el sprint de subida a Peter Sagan y al ganador de la 4ª etapa Arnaud Demare.

Etappensieger Alexander KKristoff, 5. Etappe Tour de Suisse / Foto: ROTH

El tren de sprinters del Katusha alcanzó la cabza y colocó al noruego en la posición perfecta para lograr su quinta victoria de 2013.

Etappensieger Alexander KKristoff, 5. Etappe Tour de Suisse / Foto: ROTH

Tras la carrera, Kristoff explicó “Estoy muy contento con esta victoria. Estoy viviendo una gran temporada. También sé que hoy s el día de la independencia en Rusia: Estoy contento de darle al equipo Katusha otro motivo a celebrar. Una vez más debo dar las gracias a mis compañeros de equipo: ellos han hecho un gran trabajo y yo estaba en la mejor posición para poder ganar. Este rendimiento confirma que estoy en un buen momento de forma, obviamente mi objetivo es llegar en el mejor estado de forma al Tour de Francia, pero también quiero ofrecer un buen rendmiento en Suiza”.

Alexander Kristoff auf seinem Speedmax CF beim Prolog der Tour de Suisse 2013 / Foto: ROTH

Belkov se alza en solitario con una victoria para Katusha en Florencia

lunes, mayo 13th, 2013

Tras una escapada durante 50 kilómetros en condiciones de frío y lluvia, el corredor del Katusha Maxim Belkov ganó la 9ª etapa desde San Sepolcro a Florencia sobre su Aeroad CF. “Estoy realmente feliz con mi resultado de hoy. Fue realmente duro estar escapado hoy, pero mantuve mi ritmo y fui capaz de ganar. Quiero dedicar esto a mi equipo y al Russian Global Cycling Project. Es mi primera victoria como profesional así que es algo muy especial”.

Maxim Belkov triumphiert als Solist auf der 9. Giro-Etappe / Foto: Roth

Originario de Izhevsk, ciudad natal del ganador del Giro d’Italia de 1996 Pavel Tonkov, Belkov de 28 años de edad estuvo en la escapada principal del día, después se fue junto a otros dos riders, pero terminó en un ataque solitario, una situación perfecta para su Canyon Aeroad. Belkov realizó un ataque planificado como explicó tras la carrera “Ya que soy un especialista de contrareloj me di cuenta de que la contrareloj de ayer iba a ser muy dura. Miré el recorrido y pensé en hacer hoy un ataque, así que sería mejor conservar mis piernas y tratar de ir a por ello. Pensé que sería la mejor manera de usar mis energías.”

Pero Belkov nunca estuvo seguro de la victoria hasta que no cruzó la meta. “Sabía que estaban rodando muy fuerte por detrás de mí y nunca estuve seguro de que pudiera ganar. Simplemente lo hice lo mejor que pude. En los últimos 2 km tenía muchos más calambres de los que podía imaginar.” Belkov, que está en el Katusha desde 2012, vive en Prato, cerca de Florencia y viene de la famosa escuela rusa de ciclismo de Udmurtia y fue campeón de Europa Sub23 TT en 2007. El lunes 13 de Mayo es el primer día de descanso en el Giro d’Italia y el Martes día 14 la primera etapa de montaña desde Cordenons al Altopiano di Montasio.

¡Canyon y Katusha: Aprendiendo uno del otro, ganando juntos!

Piva salutes Paolini, la Maglia Rosa todavía en el Katusha

lunes, mayo 13th, 2013

El corredor del Katusha Luca Paolini mantiene la Maglia Rosa de lider del Giro d’Italia otro día más tras la 6ª etapa del Giro. El director deportivo del Katusha, Valerio Piva, dijo a la TV italiana, “Estoy realmente encantado con la manera en la que Luca Paolini y el equipo Katusha está corriendo en este Giro d’Italia. Desde que llegué al Katusha he visto a Luca crecer como lider de equipo. Él es un corredor muy serio y profesional que ha hecho muchos sacrificios y ha corrido para otros toda su carrera. Es genial verle obtener este reconocimiento, la Maglia Rosa del Giro d’Italia, por todo lo que ha hecho a través de su carrera profesional.”

Luca Paolini weiter im Rosa Trikot (6.Etappe) / Foto: ROTH

Después de la etapa para esprinters del jueves, Paolini explicó, “Esta ha sido una etapa para los sprinters así que los que luchaban por la general trataron de estar delante para evitar accidentes. El equipo Katusha estuvo perfecto y me mantuvo delante todo el día. Todos sabemos que el Viernes será una etapa muy complicada, pero afortunadamente me encuentro en buena forma y la correré como si fuera una clásica. Es realmente genial tener tantos tifosi (fans) gritando tu nombre durante la carrera, en la salida y en la meta, así que estoy muy motivado y quiero mantener la Maglia Rosa hasta la contrareloj del Sábado.”

Luca Paolini verteidigt das Rosa Trikot auch auf der 6. Etappe / Foto: ROTH

La 7ª etapa del Viernes en el Giro d’Italia es una dura y montañosa carrera de 177km desde Marina di San Salvo a Pescara, una etapa en el cálido interior de la región de Marzo con muchas subidas, incluidas cuatro escaladas categorizadas en los últimos 60km.

Paolini mantiene la Maglia Rosa, Ángel Vicioso segundo en el Giro d’Italia

viernes, mayo 10th, 2013

El corredor del Katusha Luca Paolini tdavía viste la Maglia Rosa de lider del Giro d’Italia, mientras su comapñero de equipo Ángel Vicioso estuvo cerca de una victoria de la 5ª etapa del Giro d’Italia en la ruta de 203km que separaba Cosenza de Matera, al sur de Italia.

Spitzenreiter Luca Paolini auf der vierten Etappe / Foto: ROTH

Tras completar la etapa sobre su Canyon Ultimate CF SLX con decoración especial Maglia Rosa Paolini nos explicó: “Esta etapa fue más dura de lo esperado ya que tuvimos mal tiempo con un montón de lluvua, y la velocidad fue alta con algunas rampas duras antes de la meta en Matera. Mis compañeros del Katusha estuvieron genial de nuevo y estoy encantado porque conservo la Maglia Rosa un día más. En el último kilómetro, hubo una caida y no pude evitarla así que me cogieron. Fue bastante mala ya que el final hubiera sido muy bueno para mi. Lo siento mucho por Ángel Vicioso, que estuvo muy cerca de la victoria. El Katusha está trabajando genial en equipo, así que todavía podemos ofrecer una victoria.”

Das Peloton des Giro d'Italia auf der 5. Etappe / Foto: ROTH
Sitzereiter Luca Paolini nach der 5. Etappe / Foto: ROTH