Italian rider Enrico Battaglin and KATUSHA ALPECIN have reached an agreement for the next two years. Battaglin, 28, comes to the team with three stage wins in the Giro d’Italia, the most recent in 2018 (also 2013 and 2014).
Enrico Battaglin: “For sure I am happy and enthusiastic. This is a great opportunity for me. I have no bad words for my former team; on the contrary, this is just a step upwards in my career. I want to do more than I have done in the past. I will get more chances in the future and I will do everything not to disappoint Team KATUSHA ALPECIN. The team really wanted me and this, of course, gives me wings. I hope to show nice things in the Ardennes classics and of course I want to win in stage races. I cannot wait to show what I am able to. I also love the international character of KATUSHA ALPECIN. In that sense I am an atypical Italian.”
Already before turning professional in 2012, Battaglin – as a trainee – quickly won the Coppa Sabatini, and has continued winning races in most seasons. General Manager José Azevedo sees even more potential for Enrico.
“He is a rider who I think can win races. He showed us this year in the Giro when he won a stage that he can take on a hard stage in the hills. He’s a good climber and in some stages he can be a good helper for our leaders, especially in the medium mountains. He can work in the medium mountains and he can win in the same so this shows he’s a winner to us. There are many races on the calendar that can be good for him, both stage races and the classics – something like Amstel Gold Race. When you see the type of rider he is, I think he can do well.”