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