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Canyon and Katusha Embark on Third Season Together

Tuesday, January 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 tomorrow 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

2012

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

2013

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

Canyon Year Review 2013 – Part 3

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Countdown to Christmas – 24 of the Best Canyon Moments From 2013

Christmas is drawing closer, can you feel it? Before you’re off on holiday, we present you with Days 14 to 20 of the Canyon Year Review.

Day 14

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The Inflite AL makes winter a thing of the past! Its brother’s frame, the Ultimate AL’s, is a lesson to all others showing what can be achieved using aluminium and in numerous grouptests it has left several of its carbon-framed competitors in its wake (“Winner” TOUR 05/13). As a new addition to the Canyon range the Inflite AL has benefited from the success of our other models to help create an outstanding cyclocross bike. With the Inflite AL, there’s simply no excuse not to get out and ride every day of the year!

Canyon goes Cross

Day 15

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After the huge disappointment of just missing out on being crowned World Champion at the end of September in Florence, Katusha’s Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez bounced straight back with a commanding victory at Italy’s autumn classic, “Il Lombardia” for the second year in succession. For Canyon this marked yet another milestone taking our win tally to four in the “Race of the Falling Leaves”, one of cycling’s Monuments. With this victory Purito was also reinstated as number one rider in the UCI WorldTour Rankings. Follow his journey “Back to No. 1” in our 11 part fly-on-the-wall documentary.

Purito’s journey “Back to No. 1″

Day 16

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What a start to 2013! In February, 15 year-old Belgian Eva Maria Palm cleaned up at the Amateur National Championships in Ghent, winning three medals in her age category aboard her Canyon V-Drome. Eva Maria rode for the Canyon Young Heroes Team in both 2012 and 2013, an initiative that was born in 2008 to encourage up-and-coming riders. Applications are now open for places on the 2014 team.

Young Heroes 2014, apply now!

Day 17

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Every year for the past 6 years, Dirt Magazine meticulously review the very best Mountain Bike products on the market to compile the annual Dirt 100. Quite simply the 100 top downhill / enduro products on the market. To make it into the list with one bike is an honour so to have 2 make the grade this year with the Torque DHX Flashzone and Spectral AL 9.0 EX is pretty special! Find out more about both Canyon models elcted, click here:

Torque DHX Flashzone
Spectral AL 9.0 EX

Day 18

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2013 World Champions, European Champions and Transalp Champions. Topeak-Ergon Racing Team riders Alban Lakata and Sally Bigham have had more than their fair share of success over the past season. They weren’t alone, however, with 24 year-old German Nadine Rieder taking a well-deserved third place in the Eliminator Sprint at the Cross Country World Cup in Albstadt. We look forward to more of the same in 2014!

Grand Canyon CF – the Transalp Winner 2013

Day 19

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In 2013 we got itchy feet. So we decided to go on tour! Between March and June we visited Freiburg, Koblenz, Munich, Hamburg and Berlin with our latest models for the public to try out as well as workshops to take part in. Thanks to everyone who showed up, we had a great time and hope you did too!

Day 20

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Yesterday in Madrid Joaquim “Purito” Rodríguez picked up the coveted UCI WorldTour Trophy 2013 by Brian Cookson. This is the third time Purito has won the award following his achievements in 2010 and 2012 and he can now take joy in the successful completion of his mission from the start of the year, “Back to No. 1”. Congratulations, Purito!

Purito’s journey “Back to No. 1″

Look forward to part 4!

Part 1 of the Canyon Year Review

Part 2 of the Canyon Year Review

Canyon Year Review 2013 – Part 2

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Countdown to Christmas – 24 of the Best Canyon Moments From 2013

The Countdown continues, the third advent is already behind us. Here we present you with days 7 to 13 of the Canyon Year Review.

Again, we hope you have a great festive period!

Day 7

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Slopestyle aces Anton Thelander and Thomas Genon spend more time in the air than on the ground. Riding their new Canyon Stitched concept bikes, these guys have been whipping, quite literally up a storm across the slopestyle scene. Thomas Genon proved such with 3rd at the FISE World Montpellier Slopestyle Event and 2nd at Vienna Air King. Meanwhile, Anton “Cleanlander” Thelander fully lived up to his nickname by taking the spoils at the Red Bull Phenom Contest as well as the Martin Söderström Invitational.

Day 8

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Incredible result. We are proud. Really damn proud. Thanks to all the readers of the magazines TOUR, BIKE and FREERIDE. The survey in all three journals showed that most of you next year intend to buy a Canyon bike. And on top of that we have been chosen as the winner of the Reader’s Choice for “Best Bike Brand” in BIKE and TOUR. And the second winner in FREERIDE magazine in this category. Awesome.

Canyon is the number 1!

Day 9

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Triathlete Leanda Cave had a clear goal at Kona in 2013: the defence of her Ironman World Championship crown. In spite of a difficult build-up, the Welshwoman was not deterred, especially as she had a special weapon hidden up her sleeve. The new Speedmax CF made its debut on Hawaii to help carry Leanda to victory. Unfotunately, this year things didn’t quite work out that way, but Leanda will be back and fired up again in 2014, taking inspiration from Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez’s motto this year, “Back to Nr. 1.” We wish her the very best of luck next year and will be there to support her throughout!

SWIM-CANYON-RUN

Day 10

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For several years Canyon has supplied the Norwegian market with superior quality bikes. Now we are looking to expand our customer service through a local service centre in Norway. Canyon is represented in 14 European countries and in 2013 Norway will become the 15th. Welcome to the Canyon Crew!

Day 11

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The biggest Mountainbike event in Europe – Roc D’Azur. 250 exhibitors, 20.000 participants and 150.000 visitors from 50 countries, all of them had only one thing on their minds: bikes. Canyon was the main partner and had lots of surprises ready for everyone: some Canyon heroes visited, more than 40 bikes of the 2014 range were available for testing, afterwards the models got cleaned at the Canyon bikewash and all visitors could talk shop with Canyon mechanics while enjoying some special flavored ice cream in Canyon Factory Enduro Team and Topeak-Ergon Racing Team colors.

Roc d’Azur

Day 12

The Spectral AL – A highly versatile bike constructed for uncompromising all-mountain demands. New for the 2014 season, this is the first ever bike we have built with 27.5” wheels, providing the perfect compromise between 26” wheels’ nimble agility and the smooth rolling of 29” hoops.

Day 13

With a smile on her face, Ines Thoma acknowledges that “racing is not always about just being intelligent”. The Bavarian is the sole female representative of the Canyon Factory Enduro Team and shares her passion for enduro in the video “This is Enduro” along with her teammates Joe Barnes and Fabien Barel. Six minutes that you don’t want to miss. Enjoy!

We keep the ball rolling on our website and Facebook page, go and take a look!

Look forward to part 3!

Part 1 of the Canyon Year Review

Canyon Year Review 2013 – Part 1

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Countdown to Christmas – 24 of the Best Canyon Moments From 2013

Thanks to you, our heroes, our partners and the riding community as a whole, 2013 has been one of our most successful years ever. Before Christmas we want to take a look back and share 24 of the biggest moments with you in our Canyon Year Review. We’ve already got the ball rolling on our website and Facebook page, go and take a look!

From everyone at Canyon, we hope you have a great festive period and look forward to another fantastic year with you in 2014!

Day 1

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Canyon Goes Enduro! – The start of 2013 saw the launch of the Canyon Factory Enduro Team, our first ever works team. Seasoned campaigner Fabien Barel joined us for the ride and got the season off to the perfect start at the inaugural round of the Enduro World Series at Punta Ala. First race, first victory for the new guys! Fabien and his teammates, Joe Barnes, Ines Thoma, Maxi Dickerhoff and Marco Bühler, have been making waves in the Enduro scene all season long in 2013.

Strive for the podium

Day 2

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Flèche Wallonne – They say all good things come in threes… After commanding victories by Philippe Gilbert and Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez, it was Dani Moreno’s turn, completing a perfect hat-trick for the Aeroad CF. The Spaniard buried himself on the Muur de Huy to take the revered Flèche Wallonne, saving his best legs till the end to break away on the feared 26% drag to the line and take the title of “Conqueror of the Muur”.

Aeroad CF gets Hat-trick

Day 3

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Rent a bike from Canyon.Base at Robinson Club Cala Serena and explore Mallorca’s beautiful countryside either from the road or out on the trail. Experience the most stunning routes and the finest scenery with our guides at your side, or discover the island for yourself.

Canyon.Base Mallorca

Day 4

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Double Victory at the Leadville 100 – Alban Lakata and Sally Bigham seal the double win at Colorado′s Leadville 100 Trail Race. The two racers also both set new course records for the 100 mile distance at the legendary and hardest Mountain Bike Race in the USA.

Lux CF – The perfect Long-Distance Race-Bike

Day 5

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Modern urban mobility Canyon style – At this year’s Eurobike Show we presented our Urban Concept Bike. This bike certainly attracted a lot of attention with its fusion of great design and functionality. The cockpit is fully integrated into a single unit and the front and rear lights are also embedded into the frame, giving our Urban Concept Bike a highly distinctive, yet elegant appearance.


Canyon Urban Concept Bike

Day 6

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Speedmax CF – Winner of the “Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland” in their Product Design Category.
Our Head of Research and Development, Michael Kaiser PhD. Eng. had the following to say: “Good design is really important to us. With this award, our team gets the recognition they deserve and this will motivate us for future projects. A distinct design language allows us to express and define ourselves more clearly, which is something our customers really value.”

The new 2014 Speedmax CF models are now available to order. So it’s time to Beat the Street.

Look forward to part 2!

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.

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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.

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“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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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

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