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Purito – silver lining at the World Championships in Tuscany

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Joaquim Purito Rodríguez came within centimetres of being World Champion in Tuscany on Sunday. After an epic 270km race in rain, thunder and lightning, Purito made the crucial final split on the hilly course around Florence.

After attacking several times in the last 5km it looked like he’d done enough for a legendary solo win, but Portugal’s Rui Costa caught him with 600m to go. After almost 7 hours in the saddle the two went head to head in the sprint and Purito just missed out on a dream victory and instead was left to wipe away tears in the podium.

We pay our huge respects to his performance not only in the World Championships but all season long, you made us proud. Congratulations Joaquim! Grande Purito!

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Vuelta a España – Steep, Steeper, Moreno

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Dani Moreno of the WorldTour squad Katusha Team took a dramatic win on stage 9 from Antequera to Valdepeñas de Jaén in the Vuelta a España on Sunday. 2013 Flèche Wallone winner Moreno attacked in the final kilometer on a steep ramp in the village of Valdepeñas de Jaén to win the stage.

Daniel Moreno - Katusha // Foto: Roth

Moreno’s brilliant attack on his Canyon Aeroad CF also carried him into the race lead. He now has a one second lead over Ireland’s Nicolas Roche. This was Moreno’s second victory at the Vuelta following his win at Fisterra last Tuesday.

Purito - Katusha // Foto: Roth

“Winning my second stage and becoming the race leader as well is huge and even more so after having achieved it at a finish like this, which is so spectacular. But I am not going to be challenging for the Vuelta win, as Katusha Team knows who our team leader is – that is Purito Rodriguez”, Moreno explained post-stage. “There is always joy when either one of us wins,” Moreno told Spanish television after his win. “Purito and I spoke and we knew what we were going to do today. The intention has always been to slowly but surely make up time on the leaders for Purito. The three weeks in the Vuelta a España are very long and I am extremely happy to be the leader today even if it is by just a second.” Monday’s difficult 186.8km Stage 10 from Torredelcampo finishes at the top of the Alto Hazallanas, a very steep 7 km ascent, where the first 5 km has an average gradient of 11%.

Purito & Katusha – “Back to No.1″

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Last year Joaquim “Purito” Rodríguez was the number one in the UCI World Tour. His goal for this year is to win this title two times in a row.
We have made ​a special designed Aeroad CF for Purito and accompany him with a video documentation on its way “Back to No.1.”

Aeroad CF WorldTour No.1 - Joaquim Purito Rodriguez

Brilliant Purito Rodríguez Makes Tour De France Podium

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

With a brilliant ride up the final ascent of the 2013 Tour De France to Annecy Semnoz, Katusha Team’s Purito Rodríguez climbed up two places on General Classification to moveup to third place and will now finish on the podium. It was the third consecutive Grand Tour podium for Rodríguez on Canyon Bicycles, after finishing second at the 2012 Giro d’Italia and third in last year’s Vuelta a España.

Das Podium in Paris © www.Roth-Foto.de

On the final climb to Semnoz, it was Rodríguez who made the decisive attack to drop Alberto Contador and Roman Kreuziger from the front group. But after leading most of the way up the  final climb, Rodríguez could not follow the key attack by Nairo Quintana, who won the stage, while Rodríguez was 2nd on his Canyon Aeroad 9.0 CF. More importantly for Purito, he gained more than two minutes on Contador and Kreuziger by the finish. With this result, Rodríguez one of the few riders who has stood ton the podium in all three of the Grand Tours.

Purito Rodriguez © www.Roth-Foto.de

After his great TT result earlier in the week on his Canyon Speedmax CF, Rodríguez shifted his focus to the climbing stages. On the final ascent to Annecy Semnoz,  Rodríguez explained: ” I found that I was climbing better every day and I had a little bit more momentum. It was the final day for us all to do something and I wanted to try and fight for the stage. It was a hard day, but I fought and I finished second to a champion. I gave it everything.”

After the 100th Anniversary Tour De France wrapped up, Rodríguez declared “This was a huge day for me, for my family,” the Katusha rider said after Stage 21 in Paris. “I don’t know if I’ve seen them this happy about a podium, it was great. My wife and my children have supported me and this is important for them. They’ve missed me at home and I want to give them this. The Tour isn’t like anything else, it’s enormous and to finish on the podium is great. After the way the first part of the Tour went, I had to give it everything to finish well so I am very happy with my result.”

Rodriguez ended up 4th in the Mountains classification with 99 points, while Katusha Team rider Dani Moreno was 17th overall. Consistent Norwegian sprinter Alexander Kristoff was an excellent 5th in the Points classification. Katusha Team finished 6th on Team Classification. After the Tour De France, Purito will have some rest, then head to the Vuelta a España later this season to try and finally win a Grand Tour.

Tour de France – Big Day For Purito on L’Alpe d’Huez

Friday, July 19th, 2013

On Stage 18 of the 2013 Tour de France, a  172.5km mountain stage from Gap to the mountaintop finish on l’Alpe d’Huez, a difficult day that included two ascents of the legendary climb for the first time in Tour de France history, Katusha Team’s Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez shined. Riding his Canyon Aeroad 9.0 Katusha Team bicycle, Purito was 5th on the stage and moved up to 5th overall at the 2013 Tour, now just 26″ from a third place podium finish in Paris.

Joaquim Rodríguez im Anstieg nach Alpe d'Huez - © Tino Pohlmann Fotografie Joaquim Rodríguez - Nairo Alexander Quintana und Christopher Froome - 18. Etappe  Tour de France - © www.Roth-Foto.de Joaquim Rodríguez - 18. Etappe  Tour de France - © www.Roth-Foto.de Joaquim Rodríguez - 18. Etappe  Tour de France - © www.Roth-Foto.de Joaquim Rodríguez - 18. Etappe  Tour de France - © www.Roth-Foto.de Joaquim Rodríguez - 18. Etappe  Tour de France - © www.Roth-Foto.de Joaquim Rodríguez - 18. Etappe  Tour de France - © www.Roth-Foto.de

Post-race, Purito said “I’m in a great moment; I really I think finally I’m in brilliant form. I worked a lot in order to get ready for the Tour. I don’t think I’m going to win it anymore, because Chris Froome is doing a great job and deserves to win, but the podium is closer than ever and it would be great to get there. To tell the truth, I think my best form is the one I have now, as I proved last season. It’s not the form I had in the first week: I wish I was in this form in Pyrenees, so probably my gap wouldn’t be so high. Tomorrow and the day after tomorrow there will be two more days to attack in the mountains, two more demanding stages. My team and I know them very well, so we will try to do something and attack for sure”.

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Friday’s Stage 19 is a tough 204.5km mountain stage from Bourg d’Oisans to Le Grand Bornand with ascents of the Col du Glandon, Col de la Madeleine, Col de Tamié, Col de l’Épine, and finally the Col du Croix Fry with a fast descent to Le Grand Bornand. Saturday’s Stage 20 will be a short and fast 125km from Annecy to finish atop Col du Semnoz near Annecy via le

Mont Revard, then back to Annecy for the Semnoz climb, a steep 11km ascent at an average of 8.5% where Purito is sure to go on the attack.

Joaquim Rodríguez & Katusha Team for 2013 Tour de France: Ready to win

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Canyon and Katusha Team will be one of the main protagonists in the 2013 Tour de France with Joaquim Rodríguez as team leader, backed by an impressive team ready to fight for the win all the way to Paris. This is the 100th edition of the Tour de France and Purito Rodríguez will go for his third consecutive Grand Tour podium after after last year’s Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana results.

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Rodríguez said of the 2013 Tour, “My intention is to do the best possible result in GC and win a stage. I want to leave having the peace of mind knowing it was the result I deserved, be it eighth or first. Last year, I was second in the Giro, and third in the Vuelta, and I could have won both. I am more mature. I know it’s complicated, but if I am going to discount my chances to win, it will be on the road, not at the start.”

Rodríguez continued, explaining “this Tour is hard, very hard. Maybe the Pyrénées are not so much this year, but the last week in the Alps is spectacular. The opening days are dangerous. Something will happen before we get to the Alps, but it’s there the winner will be decided. For me to win? Everything has to go perfectly for me, and the others have some troubles.”

Joaquim

Katusha Team head Sport Director Valerio Piva said “I think we will have the best, strongest roster, with Joaquim Rodríguez as a leader, and our main goal is to go for general classification. We have strong climbers to support him like Losada, Trofimov and Dani Moreno, who will be our second in command. We have strong riders for protecting our leader in the first part of the Tour, like Brutt, Smukulis, Kuchynski and Vorganov. There support will be crucial, especially in the team time trial and to cover the key breakaways. We also have Alexander Kristoff for sprints; he’s in great shape, so I think he can do a good jobs and also support the team in some stages.”

Katusha Team must be focused from the very beginning of the Tour the three stage in Corsica will be tough, especially the third, that’s why we will be there a little earlier than expected in order to check it. Obviously, the third week will be key; the most demanding , but it’s a three-week race so we have to pay attention everyday. We have done all the right preparation and we are ready and motivated to reach our goals.

Katusha Team 2013 Tour de France Roster:
Pavel Brutt, Alexander Kristoff, Aliaksandr Kuchynski, Alberto Losada, Daniel Moreno, Joaquim Rodríguez, Gatis Smukulis, Yuriy Trofimov, Eduard Vorganov

Katusha Team Sport Directors: Valerio Piva, Torsten Schmidt, Dmitriy Konyshev

Special

Alexander Kristoff wins for Katusha at Tour de Suisse

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Katusha Team’s Norwegian sprinter Alexander Kristoff powered his way to victory in Stage 5 of the 2013 Tour de Suisse on his Canyon Ultimate SLX 9.0 Team. The stage was a tough 176 km ride from Buochs to Leuggern and Kristoff defeated Peter Sagan and Stage 4 winner Arnaud Demare in the uphill sprint.

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

Katusha Team’s sprint train hit the front and put the powerful Norwegian in the perfect position to win his fifth victory of 2013.

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

Post-race, Kristoff explained “I’m very happy with this victory. I’m living a great season. I also know today is Independence Day in Russia: I’m happy I gave Katusha Team another reason to celebrate. Once again I have to thank my Katusha teammates: they did a great job, and I was in the best position in order to win. This performance confirms I’m in the good way to top form: obviously my goal is to take part to ‘Tour de France’ at my best, but I still want to make some other good performance here in Switzerland”.

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

Katusha Team Strong At Giro d’Italia on Canyon

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

The 96th Giro d’Italia wrapped up today in Brescia and Katusha Team delivered some scintillating performances over the course of the three-week event. Katusha Team had two stage wins on Canyon, from Luca Paolini and Maxim Belkov and Paolini wore the Maglia Rosa for 4 days.

Katusha Team leader Yuriy Trofimov finished the Giro in 13th place, 12’55” behind Giro d’Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali (Astana).
Team Katusha beim Giro d'Italia / Foto: Roth

Katusha Team General Manager Viatcheslav Ekimov said after the Giro d’Italia, “I’m very satisfied with our Giro performance. We decided to support Yuriy Trofimov as team leader and he proved to be a good stage race rider, especially for Grand Tours, so we will be working to support Yuriy Trofimov again in the future. The Katusha Team was experimental but it proved to be very strong and united all race long, and I’m really proud of our results. We had Luca Paolini in pink for four days, and the team worked very hard in order to defend his jersey as long as we could. I’m also very happy with the brilliant victory of Maxim Belkov. So in general, it was a great Giro d’Italia for us and we gained some experience for the upcoming races”.

Yuriy Trofimov explained, “I’m really satisfied with my performance in this Giro. It was my first time as a leader of the team in such a prestigious race and I’m happy with this great experience. It was a very hard race, but Katusha Team was great, united, and very strong. I thank all my teammates for their work and the sacrifices they made for me”.
Team Katusha beim Giro d'Italia / Foto: Roth

Belkov Takes Solo Stage Win For Katusha In Firenze

Monday, May 13th, 2013

After a courageous solo escape for over 50 kilometers in cold and rainy conditions, Katusha Team’s Maxim Belkov won Stage 9 from San Sepolcro of the 2013 Giro d’Italia to Firenze on his Canyon Aeroad CF. “I am really happy about my result today. I was really hard to stay away today, but I kept my rhythm going and was able to win. I have to dedicate this to my team and to the Russian Global Cycling Project. It is my first win as a profession so it is something special.”

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

Originally from Izhevsk, the hometown of 1996 Giro d’Italia winner Pavel Tonkov, 28 year old Belkov was in the main escape of the day, then went away with two other riders, but went his own in a solo break, a perfect scenario for his Canyon Aeroad. Belkov’s was a planned attack as he explained post-race “Although I’m a time trial specialist, I decided that yesterday’s time trial was very hard. I looked at the road book and I thought a breakaway might get away today, and I thought it would be better to save my legs and try to get into it. I thought that was the best use of my energy.”

But Belkov was never certain of victory until he crossed the finsih line. “I knew they were riding very hard behind me, and I was never certain I would win. I simply did the best I could. In the final 2 km, I had so much cramp I could hardly think.” Belkov, who has been with Katusha Team since 2012, lives in Prato, near Firenze and came from the famous Russian cycling school of Udmurtia and was European U23 TT champion in 2007. Monday May 13th is the first rest day at the Giro d’Italia, with Tuesday May 13th the first mountain stage from Cordenons to Altopiano di Montasio.

Canyon and Katusha: Learn from each other, win together!

Piva salutes Paolini, Maglia Rosa still with Katusha Team

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Katusha Team’s Luca Paolini has the Maglia Rosa of Giro d’Italia leadership for another day after Stage 6 of the Giro. Katusha Team sport director Valerio Piva told Italian TV, “I am really pleased at the way Luca Paolini and the entire Katusha Team is riding at this Giro d’Italia. Since I came to Katusha, I have seen Luca grow as a team leader. He is a very serious, very professional rider, who has made many sacrifices and ridden for others his entire career. It’s great to see him get this recognition, the Maglia Rosa at the Giro d’Italia, for all he’s achieved throughout his career.”

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

After Thursday’s sprinters stage, Maglia Rosa Paolini explained, “This was a stage for the sprinters, so the GC contenders tried to stay up front to avoid the crashes. Katusha Team was perfect at keeping me at the front all day. We all know Friday will be a very difficult stage, but fortunately I am in good shape and I will ride it like a classics race. It’s really great to have so many tifosi (fans) screaming your name during the race and at the start or the finish, so I am very motivated and I want to keep the Maglia Rosa until the ITT on Saturday.”

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

Friday’s Stage Stage 7 at the Giro d’Italia is a hard and hilly race over 177km from Marina di San Salvo to Pescara, a stage in the hot interior of the March region with many climbs, including four categorized ascents in the last 60km.