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

donderdag, mei 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

maandag, april 28th, 2014

Valverde takes historic Flèche Wallonne for Canyon

woensdag, 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

maandag, maart 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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Canyon and Katusha Embark on Third Season Together

dinsdag, januari 28th, 2014

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With two highly successful seasons alongside UCI ProTeam Katusha behind us, tomorrow marks the official start of our third season together as the team unveils its full rider line-up in Koblenz ready to take on the 2014 UCI WorldTour.  In addition to the rider presentation, Team Katusha will also be celebrating the 5-year anniversary of its establishment. The event is a first for Canyon.Home.

Canyon has been official bike supplier to Team Katusha since the beginning of 2012. The team surrounding the UCI WorldTour’s top-ranked rider for 2012/13, Joaquim Rodríguez, his compatriot Dani Moreno and 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Alexander Kristoff will once again compete on Canyon bikes whilst aiming for victory in the world’s biggest races. Alongside the UCI ProTeam, which entered into its sixth season at the Tour Down Under in Australia last week, the Russian Global Cycling Project also consists of two youth teams as well as a UCI Continental team.

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All the flagship models from our range will be available to the team, including the Ultimate CF SLX, Aeroad CF and Speedmax CF for deployment in time trials. The bikes will furthermore be equipped with Mavic wheels and tyres, Shimano drivetrains, Selle Italia saddles as well as Ritchey bars and stems. Aeroad CF and Ultimate CF SLX models as used by the team are also available to the public as replica models.

Defending No.1  

“Back to No. 1”. This was Joaquim Rodríguez and Team Katusha’s mission statement at the beginning of 2013. Following success in 2012, Purito, Katusha and Canyon set out to defend his title as the UCI’s top-ranked rider by targeting the races of the UCI WorldTour. At the end of a thrilling season that went right down to the wire, the Catalan came out on top by sealing victory at “Il Lombardia” for the second year in a row on his Aeroad CF. Off the back of two successful campaigns, the team is once again fired up to claim an unprecedented third title in a row in 2014.

Following some 573 race days over the past two seasons, we will continue to work side by side with Team Katusha throughout 2014 in order to seek out every last performance advantage. A constant dialogue between Katusha’s riders and our R&D team is of huge importance to further product development. This relationship is highly valued by Canyon founder and CEO, Roman Arnold: “Having the co-operation of the world’s best riders was a key motive when becoming bike supplier to Katusha. We are absolutely passionate about cycling and constantly strive to build the best bike in the world.” We look forward to continuing our partnership with Katusha and to many more fantastic moments along the way as they set out to defend their title.

Canyon and Katusha – Highlights


1st UCI WorldTour Individual Ranking

1st Fléche Wallonne

2nd Overall at Giro d’Italia

2 Stage wins at Giro d’Italia

11 Days in Pink Jersey at Giro d’italia

3rd Overall at Vuelta a España

3 Stage wins at Vuelta a España

13 Days in Red Jersey at Vuelta a España

1st Il Lombardia

3rd Olympic Games Road Race


1st UCI WorldTour Individual Ranking

3rd Overall at Tour de France

1st Fléche Wallonne

1 Stage win at Giro d’Italia

4 Days in Pink Jersey at Giro d’italia

1st Tour of Norway

3 Stage wins at Vuelta a España

4th Overall at Vuelta a España

1st Il Lombardia

2nd World Championship Road Race

Purito – slechts enkele centimers van de wereldtitel verwijderd

maandag, september 30th, 2013

Joaquim ‘Purito’ Rodriguez etaleerde zondag op het Wereldkampioenschap Wielrennen in Toscane zijn indrukwekkende vorm. Ondanks de regen, donder en bliksem was Purito aan het eind van 270 loodzware kilometers aanwezig op de afspraak. Een kleine zeven en een half uur afzien leverde uiteindelijk een zilveren medaille op, in plaats van de vurig gewenste regenboogtrui. Tijdens de podiumceremonie brak de kleine Catalaan in tranen uit, zo dicht was hij bij zijn ultieme droom geweest.

Desalniettemin toonde Purito andermaal zijn kunnen op de fiets en kunnen we alleen maar respect hebben voor zijn prestatie. Felicidades, Joaquim!

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Daniel Moreno zegeviert in de Waalse Pijl

woensdag, april 17th, 2013

Groot succes voor Katusha op de Muur van Huy! Het Russische World Tour Team domineert de tweede Ardennenklassieker en confisceert de eerste en zesde plaats.

Op de 26% steile slotklim heeft Daniel Moreno de beste benen en op zijn Aeroad CF kruist hij als eerste de finishlijn.

Het succes wordt compleet als Joaquim “Purito” Rodríguez met zijn vuist in de lucht en slechts acht seconden achter Moreno over de streep rolt.

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Purito: De aanval op Luik-Bastenaken-Luik

De Katusha-profrenners hebben nauwelijks tijd om na dit spectaculaire succes op adem te komen. Op zondag 21 april staat hen als afsluiting van het Ardennentrio de klassieker Luik-Bastenaken-Luik te wachten, de favoriete rit van Purito. Het is de oudste ééndaagse koers die nog steeds wordt verreden en geldt vanwege het zware hoogteprofiel door de Waalse Ardennen als een van de zwaarste klassiekers in de wielersport.

De 260 kilometer lange route is bezaaid met steile klimmetjes. De beroemdste is de Cote de la Redoute met een lengte van 2 kilometer en een maximale steigingsgraad van 20%. Exact het terrein waar Purito in zijn element is! ¡Venga Purito!

De volgende Katusha-renners zullen hun opwachting maken in de drie wedstrijden van de Ardennenweek:
Giampaolo Caruso (ITA), Alexandr Kolobnev (RUS), Alberto Losada (ESP), Daniel Moreno (ESP), Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP), Simon Spilak (SVN), Angel Vicioso (ESP), Eduard Vorganov (RUS).

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Het Ardennenoffensief: Nóg een keer, Purito!

donderdag, april 11th, 2013

De Muur van Huy met een steigingspercentage van 26% – het melkzuur brandt de renners in de benen. En dan slaat de turbo van Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez aan. Purito liet vorig jaar al zien wat hij in huis heeft toen hij op zijn Canyon Aeroad CF naar een schitterende zege in de Waalse Pijl reed.

En ook dit seizoen is de Catalaanse klimspecialist van Team Katusha onze man voor de drie aanstaande Ardennenklassiekers: de Amstel Gold Race – De Waalse Pijl – Luik-Bastenaken-Luik.

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Canyon bikes zijn gemaakt voor de winst!
De uitzonderlijke resultaten van de afgelopen jaren maken duidelijk dat fietsen van Canyon zich thuisvoelen op de pittige Ardennenklimmen. In 2011 greep Purito met zijn tweede plaatsen in de Amstel Gold Race én de Waalse Pijl net naast de erebokaal. Hij werd er bij deze koersen slechts van weerhouden door Philippe Gilbert, die zijn overwinningen ook op een Canyon behaalde.

In België en Nederland wordt Purito ondersteund door zijn landgenoot Daniel Moreno. Deze explosieve “puncheur” eindigde als vijfde in de Vuelta van 2012 en escorteerde Rodriguez in de afgelopen twee jaar ook al door het rauwe Ardennenlandschap. Met dit oersterke duo is Katusha dus optimaal vertegenwoordigd bij de komende uitdagingen.

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De Muur van Huy scheidt het koren van het kaf
De opening van de roemruchte Ardennentriple is de Amstel Gold Race. Deze circa 250 kilometer lange klassieker is bezaaid met 33 pittige korte beklimmingen. De profrenners moeten 4000 hoogtemeters overwinnen. De beslissende klim zal ook deze keer de Cauberg zijn, die met maximaal 11% meteen een van de steilste hellingen is. Hierna is het nog 2 kilometer tot aan de finish in Valkenburg.
De tweede koers van de Ardennenweek is De Waalse Pijl op woensdag 17 april. In tegenstelling tot de Amstel Gold Race kronkelt de Waalse Pijl door het heuvelrijke landschap van de Belgische Ardennen. De belangrijkste en laatste beklimming is de Muur van Huy met maximaal 26% steiging en een lengte van 1,3 kilometer. “De Muur” is precies het terrein waar Purito in zijn element is!

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De aanval op de Ardennentriple

De profrenners hebben nauwelijks tijd om na deze veeleisende koersen op adem te komen, want vier dagen later vormt de klassieker Luik-Bastenaken-Luik op zondag 21 april de afsluiter. Dit is de oudste ééndaagse koers die nog steeds jaarlijks plaatsvindt, en hij geldt vanwege het zware hoogteprofiel door de Waalse Ardennen als een van de zwaarste klassiekers in de wielersport.
De 260 kilometer lange route ligt vol steile klimmetjes. De beroemdste is de Cote de la Redoute met een lengte van 2 kilometer en een maximale steiging van 20%. ¡Venga Purito!
De volgende Katusha-renners zullen hun opwachting maken in de drie wedstrijden van de Ardennenweek:
Giampaolo Caruso (ITA), Alexandr Kolobnev (RUS), Alberto Losada (ESP), Daniel Moreno (ESP), Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP), Yury Trofimov (RUS), Angel Vicioso (ESP), Eduard Vorganov (RUS).
Het wordt een spannende en spectaculaire week voor Katusha en we wensen ons team veel succes!
Canyon en Katusha: van elkaar leren, met elkaar winnen!

Katusha Rodriguez Wins Lombardia, Tops World Tour Rankings on Canyon

maandag, oktober 1st, 2012

With an audacious win in Italian season-ending classic Giro di Lombardia, Katusha Team’s Joaquim Rodriguez scored his 10th win of the 2012 season and took over as the world’s #1 ranked rider in the UCI World Tour Rankings, with 692 points to beat Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins who had 601 points.

Riding a Canyon Aeroad CF 9.0 Katusha team bike, Rodriguez soloed to victory in the pouring rain at the Giro di Lombardia to become the first Spaniard to win the race in it’s 106 year history. Rodriguez attacked on the day’s final climb of the 3km, 7,4% average, 15% max Salite di Ello-Villa Vergano and was able to stay away from a strong chase group.

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“This is the most important triumph of my whole career,” explained 33 year old Rodriguez post-race. “For me this has been a perfect season:
I won Fleche-Wallone, and I took the second in the Giro d’Italia and third place in the Vuelta a Espana. I had two goals at the Giro di Lombardia; to win this prestigious race and to take the lead in the UCI World Tour Ranking, and I managed both. So I’m really happy.”

Rodriguez said “It’s hard to know if I was the strongest rider over the course of the year, and Wiggins was certainly the best stage race rider,”
said Rodriguez, who finished on the podium of both the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España. “All I can say is that 2012 has certainly seen the best Joaquim Rodriguez yet.”

With the 2012 season over, Rodriguez looks forward to 2013, explaining “I have work to do in the time trial, as always,” he said. Rodriguez rides a Canyon Speedmax CF time trial bike and explains “I’ve improved an awful lot in the time test this year, but I still have to work a lot in the wind tunnel over the winter to make sure that what I’ve done to date doesn’t go to waste. In the mountains, on the other hand, I think I can compete with the strongest, and sometimes I’m the strongest myself.”

Purito Rodriquez verovert de leiderstrui in de Vuelta e España!

woensdag, augustus 22nd, 2012

Katusha Team’s Purito Rodriquez heeft de leiding genomen in de Vuelta e España.
Na de vierde etappes staat Purito nummer 1 in het algemeen klassement. Op de finish bergop op Valdezcaray kwam Purito op zijn Canyon Aeroad CF als 18e boven. Aljandro Valverde (Team Movistar) verloor kostbare secondes door een valpartij op 30 km van de finish.

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Na afloop van de etappe gaf Purito uitleg over de dag: “Ik had niet verwacht vandaag de rode leiderstrui te veroveren. Uiteraard ben ik erg blij met deze trui maar ik had liever de etappe van gister gewonnen. Dit geeft me nog meer motivatie om mijn doel te verwezenlijken, hoog eindigen in de Vuelta e España”.
De verschillen zijn klein en alles is nog mogelijk.
Over de val van Valverda zei Purito: “Ik had niet direct door dat Valverde betrokken was bij de valpartij. Toen ik het hoorde van zijn teamgenoot vroeg ik mijn Katusha teamgenoten om te stoppen met rijden, hiermee bekritiseerd ik niet het rijden van de andere teams maar op dat moment was het volgens mij het beste om te doen”.

Gefeliciteerd Purito! En veel succes tijdens de rest van de Vuelta e España!