Key Week for Katusha and Movistar Team in WorldTour

  March 7th, 2014 | 15:03 | Onlineredaktion

It‘s getting to that time of year when road fans are spoilt for choice by all the action coming their way. This week sees not just one, but two UCI WorldTour stage races taking place, with Paris-Nice getting underway yesterday in France and Tirreno-Adriatico set to start in Italy on Wednesday. Both these races are among the top tier of UCI WorldTour events, so all riders will be looking to put in a big performance: Katusha and Movistar Team are no exception.

Katusha / Photo: Tim De Waele

The Race to the Sun

Despite missing out in the bunch sprint in yesterday’s opening stage, Katusha’s Alexander Kristoff has a stage win firmly in his sights during this week’s “Race to the Sun”. The Norwegian is looking to build his form ahead of the Spring Classics, having already taken a victory this year at the Tour of Oman. With no time-trials or summit finishes in this year’s edition, the race favours classics specialists like Kristoff, although last year’s fourth-place finisher Simon Spilak will no doubt come to the fore when the race hits the hills in the south of France.

Fourth in yesterday’s stage, Movistar Team come with Jose Joaquin Rojas challenging in the sprints and the likes of the Izaguirre brothers, Sylvester Szmyd and Frenchman John Gadret looking to do damage in the hillier stages.

Movistar Team/ Photo: Tim De Waele

The Race of the Two Seas

Tirreno-Adriatico kicks off this Wednesday with the first Team Time Trial of the year, an 18 km test where the Spanish ProTeam will be looking to put their recent TTT training and time in the wind tunnel to good effect. Nairo Quintana leads the squad as he continues his preparation for the Giro d’Italia and will be supported by strong rouleurs such as Alex Dowsett, Jonathan Castroviejo and Adriano Malori, who will use the opening stage to set their leader up for a tilt at the overall classification.

One rider notorious for thriving on the short sharp ascents that characterise Tirreno-Adriatico is Dani Moreno, who will lead Katusha in Italy from Wednesday. Lining up alongside the Spaniard will be Italian tough guy Luca Paolini and former Russian national champion Alexander Kolobnev.

Stay tuned for a fantastic week of racing to come!

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Valverde Continues to Reign in Spain

  March 3rd, 2014 | 11:35 | Onlineredaktion
Alejandro Valverde winning the 2014 Vuelta a Murcia / Photo: Graham Watson

One week after a commanding performance at the Vuelta a Andalucía, Alejandro Valverde clocked up his fifth win of the season and the eighth for Movistar Team on Saturday at the Vuelta a Murcia. The race marked the first occasion in the 2014 season that Nairo Quinatna and Valverde, the two leaders of Movistar Team, have lined up in the same squad together.

Aggressive tactics pay off

Right from the gun the Spanish ProTeam was in an attacking mood and was active in moves throughout the race over what was a particularly challenging and mountainous parcours. In the end it was Valverde who proved the strongest, once again making fine use of his trademark uphill finishing kick to cross the line 3 seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Tiago Machado. Jose Joaquin Rojas rounded off another strong team performance and provided a strong signal that he is back to his best following injury by taking 5th, just 7 seconds down on his teammate.

Lobato on the podium in Almería

Movistar Team continued its run of success at the following day’s Clásica de Almería, where Juanjo Lobato sprinted to 2nd place and two other riders in blue, Fran Ventoso and José Joaquín Rojas, also featuring inside the top-10.

Take a closer look at the Movistar Team bikes here.

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Movistar Team Victorious in Andalucía

  February 24th, 2014 | 12:13 | Onlineredaktion
Alejandro Valverde wins Stage 1 Vuelta a Andalucía / Photo: Movistar Team

A hat-trick of stage wins, the overall and the points classification for Valverde

Movistar Team continued their impressive run of early season form in southern Spain with a commanding display to dominate the Vuelta a Andalucía. The squad got the race underway with an impressive performance in the prologue, where Valverde rode his new Speedmax CF to the fastest time with teammates Izagurre and Moreno also placing inside the top-10. Valverde was then able to unleash his trademark uphill finishing kick on the following two stages to take a hat-trick of wins and an unassailable lead in the GC. Jon Izagirre was also in the mix throughout the race eventually finishing just off the podium in fourth overall.

Teamwork the key to success

A challenging parcours took the peloton over the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, providing a real test for the squad to control the race. In spite of the determined attempts by Team Sky to blow the race to pieces on the two summit finishes and set up their leader, Richie Porte, Movistar Team held firm to deliver Valverde perfectly in the finales.  The Spaniard was keen to pay his teammates back: “After all they did for me these two days, always there, they deserved this victory.”

Alejandro Valverde in the leader's jersey at Vuelta a Andalucía / Photo: Movistar Team

Dream start to 2014

The race marked Movistar Team’s first successes on European soil for the year and takes their current win tally up to seven. This marks the best start to a season the squad has ever had since its debut four years ago as well as the dream beginning to their partnership with Canyon, who became official bike supplier in 2014. With the Spring Classics now fast approaching, results thus far would suggest that the boys in blue will definitely be among the favourites heading into the early season’s biggest one day races. Beforehand, however, Valverde will be back in action this week building his form at La Clásica de Almería and Vuelta a Murcia.

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Wednesday Winners: Two Victories in One Day for Canyon

  February 20th, 2014 | 11:01 | Onlineredaktion
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

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On the hunt for every last watt

  February 12th, 2014 | 10:44 | Onlineredaktion

Team Katusha is tireless when it comes to gaining more performance for less effort and Canyon is always there to help seek out those crucial advantages. Every single watt saved improves an athlete’s endurance and overall speed so it’s no surprise that teams these days deploy all resources available to them in order to make their riders and equipment even quicker. Canyon Team Liaison Manager, Andreas Walzer, plus a mechanic from our R&D department were on hand at Magny Cours in France to oversee a wind tunnel test with selected riders from Team Katusha. The purpose of the test was to analyse and improve the riders’ performance by trying different helmet models, various skinsuits as well as altering the highly versatile cockpit on the Speedmax CF.

Canyon Team Liaison Andreas Walzer and a Canyon Mechanic working on the Speedmax CF // Foto: A.C.E. Magny-Cours Iurii Trofimov - Katusha Team // Foto: A.C.E. Magny-Cours Anton Vorobyev - Katusha Team // Foto: A.C.E. Magny-Cours Egor Silin - Katusha Team // Foto: A.C.E. Magny-Cours

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Canyon and Katusha Embark on Third Season Together

  January 28th, 2014 | 17:46 | Onlineredaktion
Joaquim Rodríguez wins the Tour of Lombardy and claims UCI WorldTour Individual Ranking No.1 // Foto: Roth-Foto

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.

Daniel Moreno climbs to victory at Flèche Wallone // Foto: Roth-Foto

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

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Movistar Team Reign Supreme in Argentina

  January 27th, 2014 | 11:49 | Canyon Onlineredaktion

Movistar Team came away from an intense week of racing at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina with two stage victories and the overall to round off a dream start to their 2014 campaign.

Following Nairo Quintana’s impressive solo victory atop the Cerro el Amago on stage 4, new-recruit Adriano Malori doubled up the following day with an outstanding performance in the 19.2 km ITT. What’s more, Quintana was able to use the team’s new Speedmax CF to good effect by overcoming the four second deficit to then-race leader, Phillip Gaimon, to pull on the leader’s jersey, which he successfully defended to the end of the race.
Adriano Malori on stage five of the 2014 Tour de San Luis / Photo: Graham Watson

Important Result

Despite a rough start to the week with stomach problems plaguing members of the team in addition to the misfortune suffered by the squad racing at the Tour Down Under, where two riders were side-lined after crashing heavily, Movistar Team came out of the season-opening races on a high. Directeur Sportif José Luis Jaimerena was keen to praise his rider’s efforts: “Starting the season this way is always important, especially for the team’s morale.”
Nairo Quintana is the winner of the Tour de San Luis 2014 / Photo: Graham Watson

What’s to Come

The entire Movistar Team will be in Madrid this Friday for their official team presentation before the racing calendar picks up the pace. With Quintana himself claiming that he is yet to hit top-form, expect plenty more to come from the boys in blue over the coming season.

Team Movistar Overall Rankings:

1. Nairo Quintana
43. Andrey Amador
45. Benat Intxausti
81. Adriano Malori
97. Fran Ventoso
101. Pablo Lastras

Movistar Team and Canyon: On the road to success

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First Win in the Bag: Quintana Climbs to Victory at Tour de San Luis

  January 24th, 2014 | 10:29 | Onlineredaktion

Nairo Quintana opened Movistar Team’s 2014 victory account by taking an impressive solo win at the summit finish of stage four of the Tour de San Luis in Argentina. Movistar Team set a fierce pace at the foot of the climb to Cerro El Amago at the end of the 169 km stage, setting up Quintana perfectly to launch his attack.

Nairo Quintana on stage four of the 2014 Tour de San Luis / Photo: Graham Watson

The 9.4 km ascent suited the Columbian’s style perfectly as he was once again able to showcase his exceptional climbing talent aboard his new Aeroad CF, finishing 50 seconds ahead of his nearest rival and putting over 4 minutes into current race leader Phillip Gaimon’s advantage. The race is now perfectly poised heading into the penultimate stage, a 19.2 km ITT around the streets of San Luis, where Quintana will deploy the Speedmax CF to try and close the 4 second gap separating him and Gaimon in the GC.

Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) wins Stage 4 of the 2014 Tour de San Luis / Photo: Graham Watson

Having already placed riders on the podium twice in previous stages, yesterday’s win marked the first victory for Movistar Team in 2014 and will set the precedent for the rest of the season. What’s more, it marks the first success in the new partnership between Canyon and Movistar Team. We look forward to more of the same ¡Grande Nairo!

 

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Best of 2013: Anton Thelander and Thomas Genon

  January 17th, 2014 | 12:04 | Canyon Onlineredaktion

It’s scary how fast the 2013 season came and went. Then again, with all the action, nail biting contests and heart stopping moments, it’s no surprise that the year flew past. Surrounded by the heated battle for the FMB World Tour title, both CANYON riders, Thomas Genon and Anton Thelander had their best season to date. One year ago, they had their first ride on the new CANYON ‘Stitched’ dirt bike and from there they toured the globe, competing at the biggest competitions on the FMB World Tour calendar. These included: Red Bull Berg Line and X Games Munich in Germany, Crankworx Les Deux Alpes in France, Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx in the Canadian Whistler as well as Red Bull Rampage in the desert of Utah.
2013 was packed with highlights but the new season recap clip summarizes their season and re-lives their best, podium winning runs.

Thomas Genon

Thomas Genon // Foto: Markus Greber

Ever since his unexpected victory at Red Bull Joyride in 2012, Thomas Genon is an inseparable part of the FMB World Tour. However, winning the biggest contest of the year has its consequences – all eyes and expectations were focused on him for 2013. With a cool head on his shoulders and not perturbed by the pressure, Thomas had a successful season demonstrating consistency and progression. In 2013, he stood on the podium four times at various FMB World Tour events, and came within a whisker of another four podium results. Thomas took gold at King of Dirt (ITA), silver at Vienna Air King (AUT) and Scott on Air @ Bikes and Beats Festival (AUT) and bronze at FISE Slopestyle (FRA). Then, at Red Bull Rampage in October he proved that he also feels confident on his big CANYON Torque DHX and placed 10th. Overall, Thomas once again raised the bar and finished 4th in the FMB World Tour overall ranking.

Anton Thelander

Anton Thelander // Foto: Markus Greber

: where to start? In 2012 young Anton broke through and in 2013 he showed exactly why he is currently one of the hottest riders on the scene. His famous clean style of riding earned him the nickname “Cleanlander”, but also caught the eye of fans, sponsors as well as fellow athletes. Camouflaged as a rookie athlete, and equipped with his CANYON Stitched bike, Anton flowed from jump to jump, firing trick after trick, and consequently landed on podium after podium. The Swede won a total of six medals! For Anton and his fans, the greatest achievement came in May when he took third place at the FMB World Tour gold event, Red Bull Berg Line. This achievement paved the way for his incredible season. He later went on to take silver at the SlopeFest in Sweden. Then he spun his way to victory at Red Bull Phenom during X Games Munich with a breathtaking 360 from the nearly 10 meter final drop. Across the pond, in Northern America it was no different: a solid 3rd place at the slopestyle contest, Colorado Freeride Festival (USA), gave a clear signal that he was on a roll. At Red Bull Joyride during Crankworx Whistler (CAN), he just missed the podium, but took home the ‘Young Gun Award’ for his outstanding performance. Outside of the FMB World Tour, Anton also took victories at the freestyle.ch in Zurich (SUI) and at the debut of the Martin Söderström Invitational (SWE). Improving his overall ranking by 20 places – ‘Cleanlander’ finished 6th in the FMB World Tour overall ranking. A success that should be still exceeded in 2014: “I’m happy with my season, but there is always room for improvement. I’m looking forward to the next season and hopefully even better results,” said the 19-year-old from Uppsala.

Roman Arnold erzählt Thomas und Anton Canyon’s Geschichte / Copyright: Markus Greber

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Topeak-Ergon Racing Team moves focus to endurance

  January 7th, 2014 | 9:46 | Canyon Onlineredaktion

European Champion, two Silver Medals at the World Championships, one silver medal at the European Championships, not to mention the National Titles – just a few of the results which the Topeak-Ergon Racing Team banked this year on Canyon Bikes. The totals which the team may boast of are 38 podiums – made up of 20 wins, 15 second places, and 3 third places. There were also one World Cup win and two course records.

2014: new Priorities for Topeak-Ergon

Robert Mennen, Alban Lakata und Kristian Hynek / Foto: RTI

Topeak-Ergon Racing Team moves their focus to endurance with the signing of the Czech rider Kristian Hynek for the 2014 season. The rider, who in 2012 was the European Marathon Champion and 3rd at the World Championships joins the current European Marathon Champ, Alban Lakata and the German National XCO Champion Robert Mennen. The idea being to assemble undoubtedly the strongest endurance team in professional mountain biking. On the women’s side of racing, with Sally Bigham at the helm, things have been looking that way for a while, she is without doubt the most successful female mountain biker in these categories over the past couple of years.

“Iron Sally” Sally Bigham
Sally Bigham / Foto: RTI

“He was my favourite choice from all the applicants”

Kristian Hynek / Foto: RTI

Hynek joining the team is something which Alban Lakata himself argued for. ”Kristian is one of the best Marathon racers in the world,” the clearly delighted Austrian explained,”I think that his abilities and his personality fit perfectly within our team. He was my favourite choice from all the applicants.” It wasn’t only Team Topeak-Ergon who were interested in signing Hynek, but the German team was also Hynek’s first choice.”I am positive that I have made the right move,” the 33 year old endurance rider said,”it is certainly a big step forward into the premiere league of my sport. I am extremely proud to say that I am a part of this team.”

As a result of the change of focus to Marathon/Endurance, the Cross Country side of the team will be downplayed, specifically with the departure of Irina Kalentieva. She leaves the team after an amazing seven years. This splitting of paths was not something done lightly, particularly on the back of such a long partnership and the numerous challenges and victories which Ira and Topeak-Ergon have faced together. Ergon will continue to work with Kalentieva and remain committed and grateful to her, however with the results in the Marathon/Endurance category from this last year a change of direction is logical.
”Up until now we have been fighting a battle on two fronts, at the top level of Cross Country, as well as Marathon”, explained RTI’s founder and CEO Franc Arnold,”however in the future we plan to continue to invest in the sport, but it is clear that marathon and endurance is a better fit to our brand.” It isn’t completely the end for Topeak-Ergon in Cross Country, as Wolfram Kurschat will continue to race, however he will be moving to a more ’ambassador’ based role for Ergon as well as other responsibilities.

Wolfram Kurschat / Copyrights: sportograf

Other changes are that Nadine Rieder (24) and Milena Landtwing (32) will leave the team at the end of the year.
We wish everyone all the best for the 2014 season.

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