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Quarta, Abril 23rd, 2014

Home Victory for Purito at 2014 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya

Segunda, Março 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:

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

Quarta, Março 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

Segunda, Março 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

Quinta, Fevereiro 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 – Perde o título de Campeão do Mundo por apenas alguns centímetros

Segunda, Setembro 30th, 2013

Joaquim Purito Rodríguez mostrou a sua excelente forma no passado domingo no UCI World Race Championships em Tuscany. Após 270 Km bastante exigentes, com chuva, raios e trovões, Purito manteve-se no topo até ao fim da corrida. Infelizmente, após quase sete horas e meia em cima do selim, falhou o primeiro lugar e levou a prata para casa. Durante a cerimónia Purito não conseguiu evitar as lágrimas, tendo falhado o seu sonho por apenas alguns centímetros.

Apesar disso, Purito é um dos melhores na sua modalidade e o seu desempenho merece todo o nosso respeito. Parabéns Joaquim! Grande Purito!

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Giro: Um forte desempenho e um quarto lugar no contra-relógio por equipas

Segunda, Maio 6th, 2013

Às 16h13 os nove profissionais da Katusha conduziram as suas Speedmax CF até à rampa de partida na ilha de Ischia. O contra-relógio por equipas na etapa 2 da Volta a Itália decorreu durante 17,4 ondulantes quilómetros, terminando na pequena cidade de Forio.

Giro d'Italia - Katusha vor dem Mannschaftszeitfahren / Foto: Roth

Trofimov: “Estamos realmente satisfeitos.”
Apesar da exigente corrida, os ciclistas da Katusha seguiram em frente com rapidez e atravessaram a linha de chegada nas suas Speedmax CF com um tempo de 22,24 minutos.

Este foi um excelente tempo para a Katusha, apenas 19 segundos abaixo dos vencedores Team Sky, proporcionando um credível quarto lugar.

“Estamos muito satisfeitos com o nosso desempenho”, diz Yuriy Trofimov após a corrida. “Perdemos o pódio, mas estamos colocados mesmo atrás das grandes equipas que lutam pela vitória na geral.”
Giro d'Italia - Katusha beim Mannschaftszeitfahren / Foto: Roth

Piva: “Trabalhámos para Trofimov .”
Até o Diretor Desportivo Valerio Piva ficou impressionado com o desempenho da sua equipa. “Os nossos rapazes fizeram um excelente trabalho. Estão todos mais ou menos ao mesmo nível e extremamente motivados. O nosso objetivo é obter a vitória na geral com Yuriy Trofimov e considero que hoje fizemos muito para ajudar a sua causa.”

O ciclista da Katusha mais bem posicionado na geral é Luca Paolini em 17º lugar, 19 segundos abaixo do líder da corrida. No sprint que teve lugar na etapa 1, sábado, Paolini terminou em 12º.

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Volta a Itália 2013: Site oficial

Glória para a Aeroad Canyon CF e “Purito” Rodríguez

Quarta, Outubro 17th, 2012

É oficial desde o último sábado. A temporada de 2012 já é história e pelo segundo ano consecutivo a Canyon Aeroad CF foi coroada a bicicleta de maior sucesso na UCI World Tour. Após Philippe Gilbert ter conseguido vitória atrás de vitória em 2011, este ano foi a vez de Joaquim “Purito” Rodríguez fazer as honras da UCI – e fê-lo com valentia.

Ele lançou as bases para a defesa do título da Aeroad CF com vitórias na etapa de Tirreno-Adriatico e na Volta do País Basco, vitória em Flèche Wallonne e um brilhante desempenho com o jersey rosa na Volta de Itália, onde terminou em segundo lugar da geral e a apenas 16 segundos abaixo do vencedor Ryder Hesjedal.

Weiter im Rosa Trikot Joaquim Rodriguez, 12. Etappe Seravezza - Sestri Levante, GIRO d'ITALIA  2012 / Foto: ROTH-FOTO

“Na sua segunda maior etapa da época de 2012 na Volta a Espanha, seu país natal, Purito impressionou mais uma vez pela excelente forma, vencendo três etapas e mantendo o jersey vermelho de líder antes de ter que admitir a derrota para os rivais espanhóis Contador e Valverde.

Na sua última corrida da época de 2012 Purito garantiu a sua liderança ao vencer um marco no ciclismo, a Volta de Lombardia. Ultrapassou o líder Bradley Wiggins no ranking da UCI, atingindo um total de 692 pontos, 91 pontos à frente de Wiggins e 282 à frente de Tom Boonen.

Etappensieger Purito, Spanien-Rundfahrt 2012, 12. Etappe / Foto: ROTH

Na competição por equipas a British Sky obteve a vitória geral, seguida pela equipa russa Katusha, atualmente patrocinada pela Canyon.
Consideramos que este é um desempenho impressionante, dando-nos um grande otimismo para o futuro.

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Um fim-de-semana de sonho para a Katusha

Segunda, Setembro 3rd, 2012

O catalão Purito Rodriguez está realmente em forma e teve um excelente desempenho na sua Aeroad CF na segunda semana da Volta.

Após 14 etapas, não podia ter corrido melhor. Num final incrivelmente emocionante Purito lutou contra todos os ataques do seu rival Alberto Contador e venceu o final em montanha em Puerto de Ancares após 190 Km, garantindo assim a sua terceira vitória no evento.

Etappensieger Purito, Spanien-Rundfahrt 2012, 14. Etappe / Foto: ROTH

Rodriguez manteve a sua liderança na classificação geral sobre o seu adversário mais próximo, Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank), até aos 22 segundos, graças ao apoio do colega de equipa Dani Moreno.

Esta margem não se alterou na 15ª etapa de ontem, ganha por Antonio Piedra da equipa da segunda divisão espanhola Caja Rural.
Para Purito e a sua equipa trata-se agora de uma questão de manter e aumentar a vantagem em relação aos adversários mais próximos.

A 16ª etapa de hoje é a etapa rainha da Volta. Os 183,5 Km através das Astúrias iniciam-se numa zona moderadamente montanhosa, antes da primeira categoria de subidas na segunda metade da etapa. No final, a etapa torna-se realmente difícil para os corredores devido aos 9,5 Km de subida, com uma pendente de 6,9%. Os 3,2 Km finais têm uma pendente de 12,3%, chegando a atingir os 24%! Este é o terreno ideal para o catalão Purito!
Após os esforços nas três etapas de montanha, o pelotão tem direito a uma pequena pausa amanhã, antes das últimas e desafiantes etapas da Volta.
Força Katusha!!

Alexander Kristoff é terceiro da geral e o melhor corredor juvenil no World Ports Classic:
De 31/8 a 01/9 decorreu o evento de dois dias World Ports Classics. A estrada levou os corredores desde Roterdão, na Holanda, até ao centro industrial belga de Antuérpia, regressando a seguir. O medalhado norueguês Alexander Kristoff terminou em terceiro da geral, sendo o mehor corredor juvenil.

Kristoff da Katusha vence em Odense pela Canyon

Segunda, Agosto 27th, 2012

Alexander Kristoff da equipa Katusha venceu a etapa 4 da Volta da Dinamarca, uma etapa de 90km desde Ringe até Odense. O norueguês, vencedor do bronze nos Olímpicos de Londres em estrada, venceu o campeão do mundo Mark Cavendish (Sky) num ataque final.

Alexander Kristoff gewinnt 4. Etappe der Dänemark-Rundfahrt

“Foi uma etapa rápida e curta, com uma parte final difícil devido à estrada estar escorregadia e existirem curvas complicadas”, diz Kristoff, que dá o seu contributo pelo esforço da equipa Katusha ao fazer o sprint. “No final Alexander Porsev e Alexey Tsatevich fizeram um grande trabalho, e deixaram-me com apenas 500 metros para percorrer”.

Kristoff terminou em 4º lugar da geral na Volta da Dinamarca 2012.

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