Schlagwort-Archiv: Team Katusha Alpecin

Marco Mathis wechselt von Katusha-Alpecin zu Cofidis!

Marco Mathis verlässt das Worldtour Team Katusha Alpecin und fährt 2019 für das französiche Cofidis Team. Das Talent soll dort seine Zeitfahrfähigkeiten einbringen und die Internationalität der Mannschaft verstärken.
“Ich habe mich dazu entschieden, die Mannschaft zu wechseln, da ich mir sicher war, dass ich einen neuen Weg einschlagen musste”, so Mathis, der beim Zweitdivisionär einen Zweijahresvertrag unterschrieb.

KATUSHA ALPECIN adds Ruben Guerreiro to 2019 roster



A one-year contract has been signed with Portuguese rider Ruben Guerreiro, as KATUSHA ALPECIN continue to build the roster for 2019.
Ruben Guerreiro: “KATUSHA ALPECIN has always been one of my favorite teams. Former KATUSHA rider Purito Rodríguez always has been one of my idols. There is also a substantial Portuguese connection in the team which makes it easier for me of course, though I am used to speaking English after having spent four years in American teams. I really look forward to the next step in my career and I feel that KATUSHA ALPECIN is the right choice.”
Guerreiro, 24, comes to the team from Trek-Segafredo and prior to that, the team of Axel Merckx, who is known to nurture young talent. Ruben, 5th in the WorldTour Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France last Sunday, has chalked up many wins in his career, including the Portuguese National Road championships in 2017. Further he earned a top ten place in the Tour Down Under and 4th in the Herald Sun Tour, both in 2018.
General Manager José Azevedo, also Portuguese, is enthusiastic about the signing of Guerreiro: “I’ve followed Ruben’s career for a long time, starting four years ago when he signed with the team of Axel Merckx. He did good years with Axel, especially in the Tour of California. I like his style of racing. He’s aggressive and always trying to go in the breakaways. In the hard moments he is not someone who tries to hide or to sit in the wheels; he always takes his chance. He’s had some good results, like finishing top ten in the WorldTour Tour Down Under (9th, 2018).”
Guerreiro continued: “Ardennes classics, one-day races and also stage races of one week are my ‘thing’. Due to some health problems I could not always show what I am capable of, but I will next year. I want to be a good teammate as well as to win. KATUSHA ALPECIN offers me this opportunity.”

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Enrico Battaglin joins KATUSHA ALPECIN


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.”

Nice birthday present for Jens Debusschere



The 28th of August has always been an important day for Jens Debusschere. In 2019, on his 29th birthday, this date will once again play an important role as his transfer to KATUSHA ALPECIN is made official.
Jens Debusschere: “I am not just happy; I am extremely happy. I come to a team that has always been interested in the spring classics and putting someone in the finales. I also arrive in a team where I find some other Belgian riders and staff, plus this team uses super good bikes. I look forward to it. After eight years in the same team, it was time to make a new move in my career. I will focus on the classics, but I will still remain a sprinter as well. I have proved I can be a good lead-out man and in the smaller races I can go myself for the win. It all looks nice.”
General Manager José Azevedo added: “The reason we have signed Jens is because he’s a rider who can get a good result in the one-day Belgian classics. He’s a rider who can finish top ten in the classics. Also, while we have a good group of riders for these races, we want to make this group stronger, especially a guy with more experience, like he has. He’s shown in the past years that he can be in the front in the classics. Plus, he’s a fast rider; he can also be one of the sprinters on our team and we can look to him to be in the lead-out for Marcel Kittel as he did for Greipel in the past.”
Debusschere turned professional in 2011 and has steadily built on his palmares throughout his career. Notable wins include his 2014 Belgian national championship victory, a stage win in the 2015 Tirreno-Adriatico, a first overall in the 2013 Tour de l’Eurométropole, first in Dwars door Vlaanderen in 2016, GP Wallonie 2015 as well as a stage 5 victory in this year’s Tour de Wallonie.
Azevedo concluded: “He understood from the beginning what we were looking for and was eager to come to the team. I think we’re what he is looking for too – a team who will give him opportunities and some freedom in the classics, as well as a team who will give him a race program that can be for his sprints. We feel we are a good match for him.”
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Dani Navarro to ride for KATUSHA ALPECIN in 2019


Dani Navarro returns to the WorldTour in a two-year agreement with Team KATUSHA ALPECIN after riding for pro-continental Cofidis for six years. Navarro, 35, specializes as a general classification rider and is known for his strong climbing abilities.

“It was time for me to move to another team, just to give myself a new impulse. The fact that KATUSHA ALPECIN was interested in me and that I know many people in that team makes me look forward to this transfer. I am not a winner, but I have proved my value in all my previous teams. I will work with pleasure for Ilnur Zakarin, knowing that I will get my chance, too, from time to time. This season I proved I am not too old for this. I have already ridden many Grand Tours in my career, but not many times more than one per season. That’s why I am sure I still have some years left to ride at the highest level of cycling. In my head I still have a lot of freshness. Now already I look forward to 2019,” said Dani Navarro.
Asturian rider Dani Navarro rode much of his career in the service of Alberto Contador before heading up his own team in 2013. Top career results include a ninth place in the Tour de France (2013), tenth overall in the 2014 Vuelta a España after winning Stage 13 and participating in 17 Grand Tours.
General Manager José Azevedo looks forward to working with Dani Navarro: “We know he will help make the group around Ilnur Zakarin stronger. He’s a rider with a lot of experience and he’s already raced much of his career riding support for big riders, like Alberto Contador. His level is still good – this year he finished top 10 in the Dauphiné and in La Route d’Occitanie he was second. He has shown us he’s a good climber where we expect him to be with Ilnur. But his work will not be 100% for Ilnur. In certain races he will have chances for himself, especially in the mountains. I’ve known Dani for more than 10 years and he was one of the first persons who came to mind when thinking of possibilities to work with Ilnur.”

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Nils Politt takes first professional victory



Every day in the 33rd Deutschland Tour, Team KATUSHA ALPECIN rider Nils Politt showed more strength and determination in earning the win, finally breaking through for his first professional victory in stage 4 on Sunday in Stuttgart. Politt, 24, has been professional since 2013 and welcomes his first victory.
“It’s unbelievable. I really can’t believe it. I think I will have to watch the race again tomorrow and then maybe I can believe it. I was so close to the win in the last two days when I guess I made some small mistakes. But today I waited a little bit longer to go at 200 meters to the finish line. I am really, really happy,” said Nils Politt. His sprint win with a time of 4:49:20 (43.03 km/h) came on the 207.5km stage which began in Lorsch.
Politt’s efforts also earned him second place on the final podium for the general classification, six-seconds behind winner Mohorič Matej (Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team), who took second on today’s stage.
Politt is a strong time trialist but has evolved into an all-around rider in the past year, most notably with his fine seventh place finish in this year’s Paris-Roubaix. He also was one of four team riders to finish in the 2018 Tour de France, showing his versatility for both one-day races and the grand tours.
After a 10-year absence the Tour of Germany returned to the race calendar this year. Politt noted earlier in the week he remembers coming to the race as a kid and was honored to be able to finally participate in the race on his home soil.
“It’s so nice to have the Tour of Germany back. I am proud to be on the podium here,” said Politt.
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Harry Tanfield signs with KATUSHA ALPECIN



Team KATUSHA ALPECIN has reached an agreement with 23-year old Harry Tanfield and look forward to working with the young British cyclist over the next two years. Tanfield currently rides for UCI Continental team Canyon Eisberg and will step up to the WorldTour in the 2019 cycling season. Tanfield, who wore the Tour de Yorkshire 2018 leader’s jersey this season after winning the race’s opening stage into Doncaster, is still pinching himself.
Tanfield: The WorldTour has always been the ultimate ambition. I have a foot in the door now and have two years to prove myself. I don’t pretend to think I have made it. The hard work starts now and the challenge is for me to show I can progress as a rider.
Tanfield specializes in one-day races as well as the individual time trial, and recently took second place behind Geraint Thomas in the Great Britain National Championships (ITT). Earlier results from 2018 include that stage win in the Tour de Yorkshire as well as second place finishes in the one-day races of Midden-Brabant Poort Omloop and Ronde van Overijssel, both 1.2 rated races.
General Manager José Azevedo will officially welcome Tanfield on board his KATUSHA ALPECIN squad on January 1, when the Yorkshireman will line-up alongside fellow Brit Alex Dowsett.
We’ve been watching Harry with our partner Canyon for a while. He’s not only a talented time trial rider. We have seen on this year’sTour de Yorkshire that he has all the skills to win big races. While this is a big step for him now, we as a team will provide him with the best possible support to continue his positive development, said Azevedo.
Canyon Eisberg sports director Tim Elverson has spoken of his pride at Tanfield’s elevation to cycling’s top tier. He sees it as another feather in the cap of his British UCI Continental outfit, who are busy preparing for next month’s Tour of Britain.
Elverson: I’m super happy. It is great Harry’s work has been recognised because he really does deserve it. It underlines Canyon’s commitment to our relationship and also shows we are operating at a level where we can deliver someone to the WorldTour.KATUSHA ALPECIN are getting a very strong, young rider. Hopefully they can help him progress to the next stage and that is to be a reliable WorldTour rider. I have no doubt that is what Harry will become. And from everyone at Canyon Eisberg, we wish him the very best of luck.
I wanted to honour the faith Canyon has put in me through Tim (Elverson) and Nick Allen (Canyon UK), so joining KATUSHA ALPECIN was always the dream. I had just set out on a training ride when José (Azevedo) rang me. I was over the moon. Now I just can’t wait to get started. I have to thank everyone at Canyon Eisberg but especially Tim. We’ve worked together for three years and it has been a great ride, added Tanfield.

Deutschland Tour: Team Katusha Alpecin

Am deutschen Hauptsitz ihres Radherstellers Canyon fand gestern in Koblenz die Teampräsentation der Deutschland Tour statt.
Entsprechend motiviert wird das Team heute die erste Etappe nach Bonn angreifen, die aller Voraussicht nach mit einem Sprint des Feldes enden sollte.
Marcel Kittel hätte ja beinahe sowohl die erste Etappe der TdF und der Binck Bank Tour gewonnen, auf der Linie war er jeweils der Schnellste, aber 2x ganz knapp von der Konkurrenz geschlagen…
Ein gutes Omen für die heutige 1.Etappe?
Unterstützt wird Marcel Kittel bei der D-Tour von Rick Zabel, Nils Politt, Steff Cras, Jenthe Biermans und Simon Spilak.
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KATUSHA ALPECIN continue to sign/re-sign talent for next season


Team KATUSHA ALPECIN are happy to announce three more agreements with riders for the current and next cycling season. Returning riders Willie Smit and Viacheslav Kuznetsov have both signed one-year agreements for 2019, while Dmitry Strakhov will join the team as a stagiare for the rest of the 2018 season.
Smit, age 25, is still in his first year of racing at the highest level, but General Manager José Azevedo likes what he’s seen from the South African.
Azevedo: “He came to us from a continental team as first in the African ranking, so this has been a very big step for him. This year he did a few WorldTour races, and we know that’s a lot to ask, so it was a bit of a test to see his capacity and potential. He’s had some interesting results – as an example in Amstel Gold race he rode almost all day in the break when he had never raced at all in Holland. It’s complicated for riders when they don’t know the race. In other races he’s tried to sprint. So he has shown us his potential but he needs time and we’ve re-signed him for another year. We believe in him and I believe after this learning year, next year he can show his true self.”
A returning veteran of 6 years on the team is 29-year old Russian ‘Slava’ Kuznetsov.
Azevedo: “Kuznetsov has been with us many, many years and we know him very well. He’s a rider who is part of the classics group, but he’s also fast and sometimes when we need him to work for our leaders, he is able to do this job. We want to keep Slava in the team for two reasons – one, because he is an important rider for the classics to work for our leader and two, he’s also a rider when given some freedom can get a result. We want to continue our work with him from these last years.”
A new face on the team will be 23-year-old Russian Dmitry Strakhov, who will come on board as a stagiare August 1st.
Azevedo: “I have followed him these last two years. He’s a fast rider. In 2018, in Spain and Portugal, he’s won five races in a sprint, most of the time when the stage has been hard. So he can pass over parcours that include medium mountains and then still sprint. He’s a rider that has some possibilities in the classics. He has shown us some of his potential so we believe in him and are happy to bring him onto the team as a stagiare with the idea to keep him on the team for the next two years.”
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Kenny Nijssen wins Wattmeister Challenge and becomes trainee at KATUSHA ALPECIN



On Wednesday, July 11th, Kenny Nijssen reached the highest wattage per kilogram on a Tacx Neo smart trainer device. Nijssen reached 6.4 Watt/kg and was rewarded with a genuine internship at Team KATUSHA ALPECIN. Starting August 1st, Nijssen will be a trainee/stagiair in the Swiss WorldTour team until December 31st 2018.
- This is really fantastic. I knew I could come close but to win, that is something else. Since my qualification for the Wattmeister finale, I was focused on this day. I saw my wattages were good. I skipped the Marmotte last week, just to give my body some rest for today. Already for many years I have tried to get a chance on a higher level, and now I can prove what I can do in a WorldTour team. I hope to show what I am capable of, – said Kenny Nijssen.
Kenny Nijssen (UWTC De Volharding) is 27 years old. With his 52,5 kg, Kenny Nijssen is a climber. He is especially known in the granfondo world. In 2016 he was the winner of La Marmotte (over Glandon, Télégraphe, Galibier and l’Alpe d’Huez), a granfondo earlier won by pro riders like Laurens Ten Dam and Sander Armée.
In Amsterdam ten riders fought for the trainee contract at KATUSHA ALPECIN. Nijssen ended his challenge with a score of 6.29 Watt per kg. Second place was for Thijs de Lange with 6.28 Watt/kg. Third was Jeen de Jong (6.05). 2017 Wattmeister Piotr Havik finished fourth.
Wattmeister Challenge was an initiative from bicycle brand Canyon, KATUSHA ALPECIN and Topcompetitie. The Topcompetitie is a cycling league with eight Dutch races for men at semi-professional level. The Wattmeister was allowed to wear the red KATUSHA/Canyon jersey in the races. That jersey could only be attacked by the Topcompetitie riders on a smart trainer device (Tacx Neo) under the auspices of specialized exercise physiologist. The winner of Young Rider competition is guaranteed a trainee contract at the WorldTour Team LottoNL-Jumbo.
- We were immediately charmed by this initiative. It is original but also ground-breaking. The participants were highly motivated to become a trainee/stagiair in Team KATUSHA ALPECIN and, as the Wattmeister is a rider of one of the 17 Topcompetion teams, we know that he will be a rider with experience. Last year we only had positive experiences with Piotr Havik. We are eager to add another Dutch talent to our selection. Now it’s up to Kenny to prove what he can at the highest level, said José Azevedo, General Manager of Team KATUSHA ALPECIN.
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Former neo-pros stay with team for 2 more years
Two former neo-pros have extended their time with Team KATUSHA ALPECIN. Danish rider Mads Würtz Schmidt (24) and Jenthe Biermans (22) have both signed two-year contracts.
General Manager José Azevedo: When we sign a neo-pro rider I don’t look for results from them – I look for improvement. From these two riders, every three- or four-months I have seen a step forward in their riding. This year in the classics, Mads had some bad luck when he crashed in Paris-Roubaix so that took him out of contention, but then he came to the Giro and did a very good first big tour with interesting results, namely a seventh place in stage 10. This was the confirmation of his potential that we expected.
Jenthe has also shown himself in the classics. We believe he can be a very good classics rider. When we sign these riders as under 23, and then when we see them improve and show the potential they have, it would make no sense at all to lose these guys. We are happy to continue the work and the process with them to make them strong riders, concluded Azevedo.
Look for announcements of more signings in the near future.
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