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Marcel Kittel: “On my request Team KATUSHA ALPECIN (TKA) and I have mutually decided to an early termination of my current contract.
It was for me a long decision process where I raised a lot of questions about how and where I want to go as a person and athlete and what is really important to me. I love cycling and my passion for this beautiful sport is never gone, but I also know what it requires from me and what I need to do to be successful. I believe that everyone has his strengths and weaknesses and that it is an ongoing process to deal with them within a team to be strong and successful. In the last two months I have had the feeling of being exhausted. At this moment, I am not able to train and race at the highest level. For this reason, I have decided to take a break and take time for myself, think about my goals and make a plan for my future.
At this point I´d like to thank the team for the last 1.5 years and their support. Especially I´d like to thank the team staff. From the bottom of my heart I can say that they are the best and hardest working people that I´ve ever seen. I´m sorry that I couldn´t fuel your passion with more wins and results. I´d like to thank the sponsors and partners as well that keep believing in the team with their support and knowledge.
I´ve taken this decision based on my experience that changes lead you to new paths and opportunities. Despite all the insecurities I´ve got confidence that I ultimately will find new chances and challenges. From now on I will put my happiness and joy above everything and seek ways to find this also in my future. I´m very excited about what is going to come. I would like to ride and race again in the future and I have to work out a plan to be able to reach this goal.
This is the biggest challenge of my career and I´m accepting it.”
José Azevedo, General Manager TKA: “It is with sadness that we have agreed with Marcel’s request to step away from the team and from racing. We understand the situation in which Marcel is and we fully support him in this difficult time. All the team members will continue supporting Marcel in the future and we hope that he will soon get back to racing as the champion he is.
On behalf of Team KATUSHA ALPECIN and all its sponsors and partners we wish Marcel all the best for the future.”
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Known more for his lead-out skills than chalking up a win for himself, Team KATUSHA ALPECIN’s Rick Zabel earned bragging rights with a strong sprint win in Friday’s stage 2 of the 5th Tour de Yorshire. Lighting out from the front and showing a clear set of wheels in the process, Zabel enjoyed his moment in the spotlight in Bedale.
Rick Zabel: “I’m so, so happy to win a race. I really couldn’t believe it. I just realized it when I went to the podium and I was standing here. Tears came to my eyes. As a bike rider you want to win, and my last win was four years ago. Normally I am a lead out guy and I don’t have too many chances for myself. It’s just a super nice day for me that I can see ways to win races at the professional level.” Second and third places with the same time of 3:09:16 (41.85km/h) went to Boy van Poppel (Roompot-Charles) and Chris Lawless of Team INEOS on the 132k stage from Barnsley to Bedale.
Zabel: „I don’t know how, but I came in a good position in the last 500m, then I saw the 300m sign and I know I can do a long sprint. I thought ‚OK, I must go for it. If someone comes over me at least I tried.‘ I was so afraid when I came in the last 50m because I’m not a guy who wins often and I thought today maybe I can win, and I was so afraid if someone comes over – it was such a relief when I crossed the line.”
Relief also came to team director Claudio Cozzi, praising the effort from Zabel: “We are very happy. Today we worked hard to arrive in a sprint, with Rick ultimately doing good work. He gave everything. He won the stage and now we are in second in GC.” The win puts Zabel 1-second behind race leader Jesper Asselman of Roompot-Charles.
Zabel: “Short stages are always full gas, and it was a headwind all day, but we still raced pretty hard. The last five kilometers were pure chaos, and I was close to crashing a few times. We just started here with five guys but we’re really motivated. There are some good sprinters here. I’m just so happy I can win a race. It’s also really important for the team because we haven’t won so much this year. To get a win here is really amazing.”
Success in a bike race doesn’t come alone and Zabel was quick to acknowledge the hard work put in by his teammates today: “Thanks to my teammates who kept me out of the wind all day. They really believed in me. A few times today Nathan Haas said, ‘Hey man, you can win today. I believe in you.’ If you don’t try, you never win. That’s what I thought about in the last 500 meters. I had good momentum – I just started 10-15 wheels back. With 100 meters to go, I thought ‘Man, keep going, you can finish on the podium.’ At 50m I was still hopeful and then I crossed the finish line first. Thank you so much to the team.”
The Tour de Yorkshire continues on Saturday with stage 3. At 132k, the stage begins in Bridlington and ends in Scarborough.
With part of today’s course set to be used in the world championships later this year in Harrogate, Zabel has hopes of being selected to represent his home country Germany: “I would be happy if I could give a hand for that.”
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Gewinner aus Deutschland des Castings erhält einen „Praktikumsplatz“ im Team KATUSHA ALPECIN
Welcher junger Rennradfahrer träumt nicht davon, das Trikot eines WorldTour Profiradteams zu tragen? Im Teambus zu sitzen und auf der Startlinie eines großen Profirennens zu stehen? Und welcher Hobbysportler fragt sich nicht: wie wird man eigentlich Radprofi und wie trainieren die Profi-Athleten?
All diese Fragen werden in diesem Sommer beantwortet – denn KATUSHA und das deutscheRennRad Magazin suchen einen Fahrer, der all dies selbst erleben wird. Der Gewinner eines Castings wird offiziell Teil des WorldTour Teams KATUSHA ALPECIN. Er wird zusammen mit den Stars wie Nils Politt und Marcel Kittel trainieren und Rennen fahren wie zum Beispiel die Deutschland Tour 2019.
Beruf Radprofi in Deutschland
Der Weg zum Radprofi ist lang, hart und voller Entbehrungen. Und er wird in Deutschland immer schwieriger. Die Zahl der Etappen- und Straßenrennen sinkt in Deutschland kontinuierlich. „Doch junge Talente brauchen Rennen, um die Wettkampfhärte zu erlangen und um sich so positiv entwickeln zu können,“sagt RennRad Chefredakteur David Binnig. Und ergänzt: „Als KATUSHA mit der Idee auf uns zukam, war ich total begeistert. Wir geben einem Amateur- oder U23 Fahrer die Möglichkeit für ein WorldTour Profiteam zu fahren. Das hat es in einem direkten Casting dieser Art für Talente noch nie gegeben.“ Stagiaires sind eine Art „Profi-Praktikanten, die gemäß der UCI-Regularien einen Teamvertrag von 1. August bis 31. Dezember bekommen und als offizielle Teamfahrer bei Profi-Rennen starten dürfen.
Zwei Phasen Bewerbungsprozess
In Phase 1 bewerben sich die Kandidaten über die RennRad Webseite. Neben persönlichen Daten und klassischem Anschreiben „Warum ich?“ müssen weitere Fakten eingegeben werden. Dabei geht es nicht nur um die eigenen Rennergebnisse, sondern es zählen auch Trainingskilometer oder besondere Lesitungswerte wie zum Beispiel Strava-Bestzeiten und Zwift-Erfolge. Am Ende der ersten Phase werden sechs Fahrer ausgewählt, die ins „KATUSHA RennRad- Super Stagiaire-Team“ berufen werden.
In Phase 2 absolvieren die sechs Kandidaten vom Team KATUSHA ALPECIN durchgeführte Medizin- und Leistungstests, werden mit den neuesten Teilen der KATUSHA Kollektion ausgestattet und intensiv beobachtet. Am Ende der zweiten Phase wird ein Sieger gekürt: der „Super Stagiaire.
„Die Gesellschaft befindet sich im Wandel. Der Spitzensport ebenso. Mit diesem einzigartigen Nachwuchsförderprojekt wollen wir den Kandidaten die Chance geben, sich ihren Traum zu erfüllen. Ich bin schon sehr gespannt auf die Bewerber. Denn das zeitgemäße, sehr direkte Bewerbungsverfahren bietet auch sogenannten Quereinsteigern eine echte Chance,“sagt Alexis Schoeb, Präsident der KATUSHA Group.
KATUSHA ist eine der führenden technischen Radbekleidungsmarken aus der Schweiz. KATUSHA Sports SA mit Sitz in Genf wurde 2015 gegründet. Hand in Hand mit den Profis des Teams KATUSHA ALPECIN ist KATUSHA bestrebt, die neueste Generation von Bekleidung und Accessoires zu entwerfen und zu liefern, die das tägliche Fahren 365 Tage im Jahr verbessert. Das gesammelte Wissen der Profis wird täglich mit den Produktentwicklern und Designern geteilt, wobei jede Erkenntnis, jedes fein abgestimmte Detail zu einer Produktinnovation wird, von dem alle Radfahrer profitieren.
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Tests, Training, Ernährung, Radmarathons, Reisen, Reportagen – dafür steht das RennRad. Näher dran am Geschehen, Insider-Tipps und Hintergründe, Abenteuer und Labortests: Dies ist ein Magazin von Rennradfahrern für Rennradfahrer. Am Kiosk, im Web, per App oder in den Sozialen Medien – immer echt, immer nützlich, immer schneller. Im gleichen Verlag erscheint die „Radsport“, das offizielle Organ des Bund Deutscher Radfahrer (BDR).
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1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep 5:58:02
2 Nils Politt (Ger) Team Katusha-Alpecin
3 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:13
4 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Education First 0:00:40
5 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:42
6 Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:47
7 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
8 Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Deceuninck-QuickStep
9 Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence
10 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education First
11 Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
12 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team
13 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
14 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain-Merida 0:01:24
15 Adrien Petit (Fra) Total Direct Energie 0:01:25
16 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha-Alpecin 0:01:36
Nils Politt showed pure determination and solid resolve in his race of the 117th Paris-Roubaix on Sunday, taking second place on the boards of the velodrome in Roubaix with a time of 5:58:02 to match that of winner Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-Quick Step). In a straight up sprint to the finish line, Gilbert dove down to the inside of the track to take the win after almost six hours of racing in France. It was a spectacular result from Politt, 25, moving up from seventh place last year to stand on the 2019 podium in his second participation in the cycling monument.
Nils Politt: “So close, but even second in Roubaix at my age I still can’t believe it. I was feeling good from the first moment I woke up this morning. For the whole race the team did a great, great job and I think we’ve had such a good classics season. It’s unbelievable to me to get second in Roubaix.” Politt placed fifth in last week’s Tour of Flanders.
Team Director Dirk Demol, winner of 1988 Paris-Roubaix, expressed his excitement for Nils and Team KATUSHA ALPECIN after the race: “Second place in my favorite race! We were in the game the whole day. The team did a good race and a smart race. In the past weeks we’ve seen that Nils was growing toward his top form and this was the race for him we’ve been aiming for these past few months. He really didn’t make mistakes. He’s going to win some day. He has the capabilities. He is born for this type of race. The confidence he takes away from getting second in this race will have him coming back for more.”
It was a brilliant performance from Team KATUSHA ALPECIN with aggressive riding all day long. Alongside Deceuninck, KATUSHA ALPECIN were the strongest team during the race with Nils and teammate Marco Haller in the front group when the peloton splits happened after the first pavés. Haller pulled, as did Mads Würtz Schmidt while Politt took stock of his race surroundings and who was strongest in the field.
The 257k course from Compiègne to Roubaix featured 29 sectors and 54.5km of cobbles and was fast from the outset. Politt was attentive throughout, putting himself in an early breakaway group before the cobbles, and then later reading the intentions of the eventual winner with just over 60k still to go.
Politt: “I saw in the feed zone that Gilbert wanted to go, so I went with him. With Peter Sagan and his group coming back to us, I didn’t have to go so deep. At the end it was a little bit of bad luck for me that Gilbert’s teammate was coming back to us on the velodrome. Gilbert was willing to gamble a bit. But I still have some years and I hope I can one day win this race.” Rounding out the podium was Gilbert teammate Yves Lampaert at 13-seconds.
Teammate Marco Haller rode in service of Politt today, earning himself a fine 16th place finish, and expressed his great pride at the success of Nils: “The team just finished on the podium in a monument. I am so happy and proud to have been part of it. It was six hours of stress and fighting. It feels like a win, absolutely. We told Nils last night at dinner that this might be the last time he could fly under the radar, so we told him he’d better go out and take it. I think he did that. He rode such a perfect race. He’s a brilliant bike racer.”
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Team KATUSHA ALPECIN’s Nils Politt, 25, took a second-place finish in Thursday’s individual time trial in Barbentane, France, marking a breakthrough performance in the career of the young German rider.
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Nils Politt: “This was a pretty good time trial today and I’m really happy with my performance. It’s my first time to earn a podium placing in a big, big time trial and I see that my condition is good. I train every winter on my TT bike, but this time I went probably only five times, so maybe that’s the key.”
The course featured a climb halfway through before a slightly rolling final into the finish line. Asked which sections of the route caused the most concern, Politt said, “The last 5km were very hard. There was a tailwind and it was a little bit up and down, plus I was already going all in, so I was really suffering.”
Team director Dirk Demol assessed the day’s performance from Politt: “I’m very satisfied with this effort from Nils. Second place in a time trial at this level of racing proves again that he’s made a step up from last year. He was top 10 in the time trial in Algarve and since then he has put his focus on the TT for today. His main focus is still on the classics, of course, but the result today proves he’s moving in the right direction with his condition and I look forward to the next weeks with him.” Politt took seventh place last year in Paris-Roubaix.
Stage 5 of the 77th Paris-Nice was 25.5k in Barbentane and was won by Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) with a top time of 30:26 (50.274km/h). Politt’s time was seven-seconds off the pace and race leader Michal Kwiatkowski of Team Sky rounded out the daily podium another four seconds behind.
Kwiatkowski leads by 15 seconds to teammate Egan Bernal with three stages still to race. Friday’s stage 6 returns to the road at 176.5k from Peynier to Brignoles.
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With two training camps behind him on Mallorca, Marcel Kittel raced to victory in the Trofeo Palma on Sunday, securing his first win of the season and giving the German sprinter a much-needed boost of confidence.
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“I am very, very happy. This is more than just winning a stage here, it is also a little comeback after last year“, said Marcel Kittel. „In the last few days I could feel that my legs were good and I’m very happy that I could give this victory to my teammates as well as the confidence it gives to me at the start of the season. It’s very important. The team protected me so well. They all stayed with me during the difficult climb and I’m very happy.”
The series of four one-day races came to an end today with the Trofeo Palma, 159.6k from Playa de Palma to Palma. A challenging climb with 40k to go saw teamwork play into the tactics and set up Kittel for success. Erik Zabel, team performance manager, explained the strategy behinds today’s victory:
“During the training camp we did this climb and then Marcel came alone four days ago to do it again. I think it was important that he had the confidence that he could do it. Before dinner last night we had a short meeting and asked him how he felt. He was very optimistic, and this morning too. So we asked the climbers to stay close to him on the climb to protect him and bring him over the climb. The team worked so well together, and in the end, he did a great sprint.”
Joining Kittel on the podium for second and third places were Timothy Dupont of Wanty-Groupe Gobert 85 and Hugo Hofstetter of Cofidis, all on the same time of 3:45:23 (42.49 km/h).
Sports director Claudio Cozzi brimmed with pride from the day’s efforts: “We saw during training camp that Kittel was in good condition and that today’s shorter stage would be a good opportunity for him. It wasn’t simple because of the climb with 40k to go, so we dedicated the full team to him. Even the climbers stayed with him to help pass the climb and we came down in good position.”
Erik Zabel concluded: “I’ve been working closely with Marcel for 3 months now and I’ve liked everything I’ve seen so far. Since the first of December we have been training and focused on this new season, not looking back, and today was a nice moment to see the results of everyone’s efforts.”
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Marco Haller wins the opener of the Australian Bay Crits
Marco Haller started the season successfully. The 27-year-old Austrian rider won the first race of the Lexus of Blackburn Bay Crits on New Year’s Day in Geelong, Australia. Haller was the fastest rider after a sprint from a five-man squad. The German Raphael Freienstein was second, ahead of Miles Scotson (Groupama-FDJ).
„Everybody was pretty excited for the Bay Crits. Winning a race on January 1st is just a perfect start for the team and of course for myself,“ said Marco Haller.
Haller was joined by his teammates Alex Dowsett, Nathan Haas and two „national level“ riders. Tom Chapman from South Australia and Dylan McKenna of Victoria were the lucky winners of a competition launched by KATUSHA Sports in mid-December. The five-man special team raced in customized KATUSHA Sports kits in collaboration with Pushys.
„Nathan (Haas) already warned me that the Australian riders are pretty good in shape that time of the year where the Nationals and the Tour Down Under is just around the corner. It was a very tough race and it was unexpected that our five-man group made it to the finish. But the break was strong (Miles Scotson was sitting in there) and immediately we got some time to the bunch. In the end it was man against man and I’m happy I did it,“ added Haller.
For Marco, the victory is a boost after losing a large part of the season in 2018. In April he broke his kneecap in training in a collision with a car and was out for six month of racing.
The Bay Crits continues tomorrow in Geelong with another criterium on a 650m lap course.
Swiss WorldTour team KATUSHA ALPECIN will cooperate for the next three years with BMW. The official handing-over of the keys happened last Friday evening at the 2019 team presentation of KATUSHA ALPECIN in Koblenz, Germany. Leasing company Alphabet is providing the fleet of 14 BMWs, including 12 of the 518d Touring and 2 BMW X3 models.
General Manager José Azevedo: “We are happy in this partnership with BMW. It is nice to work with this prestigious and innovative brand, but there is more to this partnership. This car offers us safety and comfort and that is, of course, important in the often very hectic circumstances of a cycling race. Safety is our absolute number one priority, but comfort is a close second. Most notably our mechanics will appreciate the roomy space. Sometimes we sit more than seven to eight hours in the car. After the races we can take our riders back to the hotel in real comfort, as post-race recovery begins the minute the race is over.”
Eddy Haesendonck, President and CEO of BMW Group Belux, is also enthusiastic about the partnership. “The dynamics of KATUSHA ALPECIN cycling team match perfectly with the dynamic performances of our BMWs. Moreover, the BMW Touring and BMW X3 offer the necessary luxury and comfort that riders and support staff need and deserve.”
With their 4 brands – BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad – BMW Group is the number one producer of premium cars and motorbikes. In 2017, BMW Group sold 2,463,500 autos and 164,000 bikes worldwide.
During the cycling season, KATUSHA ALPECIN and BMW Group Belux will partner on events together, both in and out of races and look forward to the winning combination of solid racing results and a successful partnership in the years to come.
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Erik Zabel arrives, Marcel Kittel is hungry for results
Team KATUSHA ALPECIN 2019 presented in Koblenz
Six new riders, Erik Zabel on board as performance manager and highly experienced Dirk Demol coming in as a new team director, combined with a deeply motivated Marcel Kittel, marked the team presentation of KATUSHA ALPECIN in Germany on Friday evening.
The 2019 team presentation for KATUSHA ALPECIN took place at the Canyon headquarters in Koblenz, marking the 11th season for the WorldTour squad. With sponsors, journalists, friends and family on hand to kick off the new cycling season, twenty-four riders from 14 countries, including six new riders, were introduced in a multi-media presentation that showed highlights of the past season and shared changes, goals and ambitions for the upcoming year.
Two notable changes include the establishment of the performance department and the hiring of a new head sports director. Team general manager José Azevedo sees both as positive steps in the overall structure of the team.
Azevedo:“Erik Zabel has joined us for 2019. We have created a new department within the team, the performance department and Erik will be the manager of this department. He will be responsible for all performance of riders, as well as materials and will work along with our sponsors to be sure we have the best. He was one of the best riders of his generation, so he also has experience and advice to share with our sprinters.”Working along with the coaches and sports directors, Zabel will analyze training and racing data to stay on top of performance goals.
An enthusiastic Erik Zabel added, “I still believe there is so much potential within this team. Really, there are so many talented riders and I’ve already seen in them the desire to do better and have a winning season. Our main goal in the performance department is to support the riders and help them do better. They understand that they must work harder to achieve the results they know are within reach. We have training camp in Mallorca starting Saturday and the riders will learn their race programs and what their training requirements will be to achieve their goals. I guess you could say I will be monitoring everything in a way it was not handled before, perhaps more strict than in the past, but I feel this is what we need to see results from KATUSHA ALPECIN. Each director will have four or five riders in his ‘group’ and will be in constant communication with the rider so we all stay on the same page. Of course, we also need some good luck next year, but I hope that will not be a main factor as we try for results.”
In the sports director department, GM Azevedo has hired long-time friend and former teammate Dirk Demol to head up the director’s group. Azevedo: “Next year Dirk will be our head sports director. He has so much experience in cycling. He has experience in winning every kind of race, plus he is a person who creates a good team spirit around him and knows how to motivate the riders to make them believe they can achieve results. He will pass on his knowledge to the riders, along with the rest of our very experienced group of directors.”
Dirk Demol, winner of Paris-Roubaix in 1988, looks forward to his work with a new team: “I start my 20th season in the car next year so I can safely say I have a lot of experience. I have a very good history with José Azevedo and I was happy to come to his team to see if I can help. When I look at this group here, there is talent for sure and I’m going to do my best to help them perform again. When I look around, I see so many quality riders, and cycling is my life, so I know what I am seeing. I’m motivated and quite confident that we can see strong results from this group.”
On hand at the team presentation was team founder Mr. Igor Makarov, noting that on December 23 it will be 10-years since the first Team Katusha was launched. Mr. Makarov continues his support of the cycling team, along with other Katusha projects such as Katusha Sports Katusha Travel and Café.
Mr. Makarov: “The political situation around the world is quite different than what it was ten years ago, when we were a Russian team, but now we have turned into a very international team. What is most important always are the people and the relationships you build with people. With that being said, we have a really good team. I am very grateful to Eduard and Roman for joining me in this team as sponsors. I am very proud of this international team.”
Also present was Mr. Eduard Dörrenberg, representing Alpecin in their third year of sponsorship and Roman Arnold of Canyon, who start their eighth season of bike sponsorship for the team and hosted Friday’s event.
Team riders Marcel Kittel and Ilnur Zakarin discussed their hopes for a strong season and will continue in their leadership roles for 2019. Zakarin’s season highlight was completing the Tour de France with a solid ninth place position on the general classification. The promising Russian cycling star hopes for even better results next year.
Zakarin:“This year I will prepare mainly for the Giro, along with some earlier races, such as Abu Dhabi and I will also do multiple stage races. I plan, also, to do two training camps at altitude.”
In addition, German sprinter Marcel Kittel has fought through a tough season to emerge on the other side with an even stronger sense of dedication and focus. I expect this to be a good season and I am looking forward to racing again.
Marcel Kittel: “When things go wrong, it forces you to look at how you do things and where you focus your energy. I am at a point where I am focusing 100% on my training and my races – I realize I need to focus on the basics. I started training early now for next season, I am feeling fresh and motivated to win again.”
With results in 2018 that were not up to the expectations and potential of the team, a re-grouping and re-dedication to the effort is producing much needed enthusiasm for the new season.
Azevedo:“Both Dirk and Erik are good with their communication skills and we know we can do better. Honestly, 2018 was not a good year for us, so we have analyzed our season and made changes that we think will make a difference. Our goal is always to improve the team and learn from past mistakes. I see a stronger team that we’ve been in prior years.”On Saturday the team fly to Mallorca, Spain to begin the first training camp of the season.
KATUSHA ALPECIN for 2019: Enrico Battaglin (ITA), Jenthe Biermans (BEL), Ian Boswell (USA), Steff Cras (BEL), Jens Debusschere (BEL), Alex Dowsett (GB), Matteo Fabbro (ITA), José Gonçalves (POR), Ruben Guerreiro (POR), Nathan Haas (AUS), Marco Haller (AUT), Reto Hollenstein (SUI), Marcel Kittel (GER), Pavel Kochetkov (RUS), Viacheslav Kuznetsov (RUS), Daniel Navarro (SPA), Nils Politt (GER), Simon Špilak
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.
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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