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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.

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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.

Paolini still in Maglia Rosa, Angel Vicioso strong second in Giro d’Italia

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Katusha Team’s Luca Paolini is still wearing the Maglia Rosa of Giro d’Italia leadership, while his teammate Angel Vicioso came close to a stage win on the 5th stage of the Giro d’Italia on the 203km route from Cosenza to Matera, in southern Italy.

Spitzenreiter Luca Paolini auf der vierten Etappe / Foto: ROTH

After completing the stage on his Canyon Ultimate CF SLX with special Maglia Rosa decals Paolini explained: “This stage was harder than we had expected because we experienced bad weather with a lot of rain, and the speed was high with some tough climbs before the finish in Matera. My Katusha team was great again and I am pleased because I kept the Maglia Rosa for another day. In the final kilometer, there was a crash and I couldn’t avoid it and got caught behind. It’s too bad, because the finale would have been good for me. I am also sorry for Angel Vicioso, who got so close to a win. The Katusha Team is working great together, so I think they deserve a victory too.”

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

In addition to Paolini’s Maglia Rosa, the Katusha Team is currently leading the Team Classification at the Giro d’Italia. Thursday’s Stage 6 is a flat, fast 169km ride up the Adriatic coast from Mola di Bari to Margherita di Savoia where Katusha Team’s Luca Paolini should maintain his Maglia Rosa.

Paolini Maintains Maglia Rosa in Giro d’Italia

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

On a long Stage 4 of the 2013 Giro d’Italia stage that had a cold, rainy and hilly finale, Katusha Team’s Luca Paolini gallantly defended his Maglia Rosa of Giro d’Italia race lead. After riding his Canyon Ultimate CF 9.0, equipped with Canyon’s innovative VCLS 2.0 seat post over 246km of racing, Paolini finished 10th on the day. He talked about the day post-stage, saying “Today we knew it would be a difficult day, but my Katusha team was great, they believed me and supported me as Maglia Rosa. Katusha Team was on the front of the group from the start, so I am happy to have kept the Maglia Rosa for one more day.”

Spitzenreiter Luca Paolini auf seinem Ultimate CF SLX während der vierten Etappe / Foto: ROTH

Paolini explained further, saying “It was actually very hard to keep the pink jersey today. It was very difficult for me, as the rain made the road slippery and dangerous. I knew it was a hard finish for me, at the limit of my possibilities. On the two climbs, I tried to stay up front as much as possible. My goal today was just trying to finish the stage up front without letting a gap open that might put my Maglia Rosa in danger. Today it wasn’t about winning the stage, but keeping the Maglia Rosa. Either way, I didn’t have the legs to sprint. But also I think Katusha Team is proving we deserved our WorldTour license.”
With the next few stages of the Giro d’Italia flat to rolling, Paolini has a great chance to stay pretty in pink until next Saturday’s individual time trial.

Spitzenreiter Luca Paolini auf der vierten Etappe / Foto: ROTH

Katusha’s Paolini Takes Stage Win & Maglia Rosa at Giro d’Italia on Canyon

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

With a brilliantly timed attack in the finale, Katusha Team’s Luca Paolini won Stage 3 of the 2013 Giro d’Italia in Marina d’Ascea on his new Canyon Ultimate CF SLX. Paolini’s victory at the Giro is the first Grand Tour stage win for the new Canyon Ultimate CF SLX., which was introduced at Eurobike 2012. “We are really proud of Luca Paolini and his great win in Italy”, said Canyon’s team coordinator Andreas Walzer. “He showed exceptional tactics to win the stage and take the Maglia Rosa and we are confident that Katusha Team has the machines to fully support their ambitions in the Giro d’Italia.”

Luca Paolini gewinnt die dritte Etappe des Giro d'italia auf seinem Ultimate CF SLX und holt sich das rosa Trikot / Foto: ROTH

Paolini also captured the race lead and donned the Maglia Rosain Marina d’Ascea. At 36 years old, it is incredible to think that this is the first Giro d’Italia for Katusha’s Italian classics specialist Luca Paolini. “I was always in teams that wanted me to do the Tour or else I did the Vuelta to prepare for the Worlds, so I’m happy this year I got selected to ride the Giro,” Paolini said. “I rode this stage like a classic. We had a good TTT on Stage 2 and so I knew I could take pink if I won. I attacked at the right time and once I got a gap, I knew I could take the Maglia Rosa if I won the stage. It’a a dream come true for me!”

Luca Paolini gewinnt die dritte Etappe des Giro d'italia auf seinem Ultimate CF SLX / Foto: ROTH

Paolini picked-up his 15th career victory, certainly the biggest win of his career. When the race exploded in the last 25km, Paolini stayed focused, explaining “I really suffered on the climb, but I didn’t respond to the attacks, but just rode at my now pace. When the moment was right, I made my attack when it counted. I knew there was a little climb near the finish and know I can descend pretty well, so I just went for it. I think It’s the best day of my career.”

Paolini dedicated the win to his father, explaining “My father was in hospital today for a minor operation and so this pink jersey is for him.” Luca Paolini and Katusha Team will work hard to defend the Italian’s Maglia Rosa for as long as possible. At 246km, Tuesday’s Stage 4 from Policastro to Serra San Bruno is one of the longest of this year’s Giro with a gradual 10km climb to the finish.

Luca Paolini gewinnt die dritte Etappe des Giro d'italia auf seinem Ultimate CF SLX und holt sich das rosa Trikot / Foto: ROTH

Giro: A strong performance and fourth place in the team time-trial

Monday, May 6th, 2013

At 16.13 the nine Katusha pros riding their Speedmax CF rolled down the start ramp on the island of Ischia. The team time-trial on stage 2 of the Giro d’Italia took in 17.4 undulating kilometres, finishing in the little town called Forio.

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

Trofimov: “We’re really satisfied”
In spite of the demanding course the Katusha riders quickly got into their stride and whizzed across the finishing line on the Speedmax CF in a time of 22.24 minutes.

This proved to be a fast time since Katusha was just 19 seconds down on the winners Team Sky, finishing in a very creditable fourth place.

“We are very satisfied with our performance”, said Yuriy Trofimov after the race. “We just missed out on the podium and are placed directly behind the big teams who are aiming for overall victory.”
Giro d'Italia - Katusha beim Mannschaftszeitfahren / Foto: Roth

Piva: “We worked for Trofimov “
Even the Sports Director Valerio Piva was impressed by his team’s performance. “Our boys did a great job. They are all more or less at the same level and highly motivated. It’s our aim to achieve a high overall finish with Yuriy Trofimov and I think we did a lot to help his cause today.”

The best placed Katusha rider overall is currently Luca Paolini back in 17th place 19 seconds down on the leading rider. In the mass sprint on stage one on Saturday Paolini finished 12th.

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Daniel Moreno triumphs at Flèche Wallone

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Major success for Katusha on the Muur de Huy! Daniel Moreno and Joaquim “Purito” Rodríguez dominate the Ardennes classic event, taking first and sixth place respectively.

On the feared climb with its steep 26% gradient Moreno had the freshest legs crossing the line first after a scintillating performance over the last kilometer.

Moreno: “Purito gave me great support”
“I am over the moon to have won my favourite race. Purito predicted a win for me at the start of the race. During the race we spoke to each other all the time and he gave me great support throughout”, said Moreno.

The outstanding result was made even more perfect with Purito finishing sixth clenching his fist and only 8 seconds down on Moreno – and all this after his nasty crash at the Amstel Gold Race last Sunday.

“I hope I can help Purito to a victory in the next few races and perhaps even next Sunday at Liège-Bastogne-Liège.” ¡Bravo Dani, bravo Purito!

Bärenstarkes Katusha-Duo: Daniel Moreno (li.) und Joaquim Rodriguez / Foto: ROTH

Purito: On the attack at Liège-Bastogne-Liège
After this sensational success the Katusha pros hardly have time to draw breath because on Sunday 21 April the crowning glory of the classics season takes place at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, which is Purito’s favourite race. It is the oldest one-day race in the classics calendar and is regarded as one of the most difficult events of the year due to the hilly profile which winds its way through the hilly countryside of Wallonia.

The 260 kilometre race is littered with numerous steep climbs. The most famous is the Côte de la Redoute, which is 2 kilometres long and has a maximum gradient of 20%. This is exactly the type of terrain Purito feels at home in!
¡Venga Purito!

The following Katusha riders will be lining up for Liège-Bastogne-Liège:
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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Joaquim Rodríguez and Katusha Team continue in Ardennes

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Out of the tube, onto the bike: after his Crash at the Amstel Gold Race last Sunday, the doctors cleared Joaquim Rodríguez to start at the Fléche Wallone and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

A CT-scan revealed a severe contusion on his thigh, which resulted in a big question mark concerning his participation in the two remaining Ardennes-classics.

VIDEO: Purito on his way back to No. 1

Today, on Tuesday, the Catalan rider did a two hour training, after which he decided to participate as Katusha’s leader in both remaining Ardennes classics on his Aeroad CF. Will he bis able to cross the finish line on the Muur de Huy as a winner again this year?

“Tomorrow I will take part to La Flèche Wallonne with the number 1 in my back and that gives me strong motivations, but I’m also aware I’m not in my top shape and so it will be very hard to encore last edition’s victory. You must be perfect on every point of view in order to win these classic races. I have to admit I’m a little bit disappointed, because everybody knows that for me this week is one of the most important aims of the season. I hope to recover my top shape for Liège-Bastogne-Liège, my favorite competition. I will give my best tomorrow too, but I’ve already spoken with my teammates and I will be at their disposal in order to take the best possible result for Katusha” – said Joaquim Rodríguez.

Ardennes-week: Do it one more time Purito!

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Muur de Huy with a gradient of 26% – the lactic acid fills the legs of the riders. Then the turbo charger of Joaqium “Purito” Rodríguez kicks in. Purito already showed last year just how it’s done and scooped a fantastic victory at Flèche Wallone on his Aeroad CF.

This year the climber from Catalonia is again our man from Team Katusha for the three Ardennes classics Amstel Gold Race – Flèche Wallone – Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

Joaquim Rodríguez bei Lüttich-Bastogne-Lüttich 2012 / Foto: ROTH

Canyon bikes are built for winners!
It’s obvious that Canyon bikes feel at home on the tough little climbs in the Ardennes if the results they have achieved over the last few years are anything to go by. In 2011 Purito just missed out on the big coup finishing second in both the Amstel Gold Race and Fleche Wallone. He was only narrowly beaten by Philippe Gilbert, who also celebrated all his major triumphs on a Canyon bike.

In Belgium and the Netherlands Purito was supported by his countryman Dani Moreno. The explosive puncheur, who finished 5th in the Vuelta in 2012, has escorted Rodríguez through the Ardennes countryside over the last two years. Katusha is very well equipped for the challenges ahead.

Bärenstarkes Katusha-Duo: Daniel Moreno (li.) und Joaquim Rodriguez / Foto: ROTH

Muur de Huy is the killer climb

The opener of the famous Ardennes triple is the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday 14 April. The 250 kilometer classic race is studded with 33 short, stiff climbs. The pros must overcome over 4000 metres of elevation. The killer climb will again be the Cauberg, which with a maximum gradient of 11%, is at the same time one of the toughest. From there it’s just a further two kilometres to the finish in Valkenburg.

The second race of the Ardennes week is the Flèche Wallonne, which takes place on Wednesday, 17 April. In contrast to the Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne follows a route through the Belgian Ardennes. The most crucial and also the final climb is the Muur de Huy, which is 1.3 kms long and has a gradient of 26%. The “Wall” is the terrain in which Purito really feels at home!

Storming the Ardennes triple

The pros hardly have time to draw breath after such a demanding race before Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday, 21 April tops off the Ardennes classic series. It is the oldest one-day race on the pro calendar which is still run and is regarded as one of the toughest in cycling due to its hilly profile through the Wallonian Ardennes.

The 260 kilometre route is littered with numerous little climbs. The most famous of them is the Cote de la Redoute, which is two kilometres long and has a maximum gradient of 20%. ¡Venga Purito!

The following Katusha riders will take part in the three races during the Ardennes week:
Giampaolo Caruso (ITA), Alexandr Kolobnev (RUS), Alberto Losada (ESP), Daniel Moreno (ESP), Joaquim Rodriguez (ESP), Simon Spilak (SVN), Angel Vicioso (ESP), Eduard Vorganov (RUS).

It will be an exciting and strenuous week for Katusha and we wish our team the best of luck and above all success!

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Joaquim “Purito” Rodríguez at last receives his well earned UCI World Tour Trophy

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Winner of the WorldTour 2012 – With nine wins, 2 podium finishes at the Vuelta (2nd place) and the Giro (3rd place) as well as his victory at the Tour of Lombardy Joaqium “Purito” Rodríguez firmly established his 1st place in the UCI World Tour and went into the winter break with 692 points in total. This put him ahead of Bradley Wiggins and the top sprinter Tom Boonen. In the team competition 2012 the Katusha team finished in 2nd place overall.

Yesterday, after the first stage of the Tour of Catalonia in Calella, Katusha captain Purito received the coveted World Tour trophy for 2012 from UCI President Pat McQuaid. This was the second time Purito had received this award after his first success in 2010.

Aeroad CF #1 Edition Joaquim

In yesterday’s stage of the Tour of Catalonia Purito finished in the top ten and has his eyes set firmly on victory in the general classification of this demanding stage race. In recognition of his World Tour victory and as motivation for the coming season, we have created a specially designed Aeroad CF. He will be riding this specially designed bike on today’s stage from Girona to Banyoles.

We congratulate Purito once again on his victory in the UCI World Tour 2012 and wish both him and his Katusha team every possible success for the current season.

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