Archive for January, 2009
As many already know, the new Katusha Cycling Team is a successor to the existing Tinkoff Credit Systems squad. Tinkoff currently operates with a UCI Professional Continental team license. The original Tinkoff team was established in 2006, as the Tinkoff Restaurants team and has operated as Tinkoff Credit Systems since 2007.
Many people on Internet call it Katyusha. It is wrong. The correct name is TEAM KATUSHA.
“Why?” “What about Katyusha?” – Read the article to learn why.
Filippo Pozzato makes his season debut in his new team colors at Katusha this weekend at the Tour of Qatar a very different rider than he was one year ago. Pozzato knows where his strengths lie and he’s not pushing the panic button despite last year’s tribulations. The spring classics remain his focus and obsession.
After his debut in Qatar, he’ll race the Ruta del Sol, Trofeo Laigueglia, Het Volk (now Het Nieuwsblad), Monte Paschi Eroica, Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo before diving into the north classics.
Two Italians – Filippo Pozzato and Danilo Napolitano – will lead Team Katusha for the Tour of Qatar, February 1 to 6. The Russian team aims for at least one stage win from Napolitano and to provide a base for Pozzato’s Classics’ campaign.
“It will be my season debut and it is important to find the race rhythm. I think it will be ideal to refine my preparation prior to the Classics,” said Pozzato.
“We will go to Qatar with a competitive team and will will try to win a stage with Napolitano,” said Parsani. Napolitano won the fifth stage in 2008.
The race consists of six stages that are almost all suited for sprinters. However, the opening stage is a six-kilometre team time trial.
“We will try to do well in the team time trial because we have a formation adapted to this speciality.”
Pozzato benefited from the team trial in the 2008 Vuelta a Espana with Team Liquigas. He helped the team win the stage and he wore the leader’s golden jersey for one day.
“We will try to find the right mechanism and to clock a good time. It could be a good test for the opening team time trial of the Giro d’Italia,” said Pozzato.
The Tour of Qatar will consist of 17 teams of eight riders. Besides Pozzato and Napolitano, Katusha will take Mikhail Ignatiev, Alexei Markov, Guennadi Mikhailov, Denis Galimzyanov, Alexander Serov and Ben Swift.
Fourteen of the 18 licensed ProTour teams and six Professional Continental teams have been invited by organizers RCS Sport to this year’s centennial Giro d’Italia from May 9 to 31.
2009 Giro d’Italia teams:
Katusha (Rus), Astana (Kaz), Caisse d’Epargne (Spa), Quick Step (Bel), Rabobank (Ned), Team Columbia (USA), LPR Brakes Farnese Vini (Irl), AG2R – La Mondiale (Fra), Team Milram (Ger), Garmin-Slipstream (USA), BBox Bouygues Telecom (Fra), Acqua & Sapone – Caffè Mokambo (Ita), Lampre-N.G.C. (Ita), Liquigas (Ita), Cervélo Test Team (Swi), Saxo Bank – IT Factory (Den), Silence-Lotto (Bel), ISD (Ita), Xacobeo Galicia (Spa), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli (Ven),
Organiser Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) invited the teams to participate in the 2009 Paris-Nice. The 67th edition of the French stage race runs March 8 to 15.
The teams of the Paris-Nice are Milram, Quick Step, Silence-Lotto, Saxo Bank, Caisse d’Epargne, Euskaltel-Euskadi, Garmin-Slipstream, Columbia-High Road, Bbox Bouygues Telecom, Cofidis, Française des Jeux, AG2R La Mondiale, Agritubel, Lampre-NGC, Liquigas, Astana, Rabobank, Skil-Shimano, Katusha and Cervélo Test Team.
After two very different seasons at Astana where the highlight was a stage win in 2007 Dauphine Libere and the lowest point was that season’s premature departure from the Tour de France, Toni Colom is hoping that a move to the new Katusha team will finally give him the chance to compete for major titles in his own right.
The Spanish climber, who has won Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in 2006, admits this could be his last chance of showing whether he’s got the ability to compete with the very best in some of the season’s biggest events. At Katusha Team he is set to share leadership duties with russian riders Vladimir Karpets and Evgeni Petrov, with all three set to ride at the Tour. Colom hopes to reach another peak of form at the Vuelta, where his target is to finish in the top 10 on GC.
Queensland’s Allan Davis (Quickstep) has been crowned champion of the 2009 Tour Down Under and leader of the UCI ProTour after an impressive week of racing that saw him win three of the event’s six stages.
Today’s 81 kilometre stage,18 laps of the 4.5km Adelaide City Council Circuit was effectively a victory procession for Davis and 144,000 fans, the highest ever one day crowd for an Australian sporting event, turned out to congratulate him. (more…)
The main question for Robbie McEwen is “Will he participate in this year’s Tour de France?”. According to the medical staff, it is too early to speak about “le grand boucle”. The main goal for Robbie are now the spring classics, including Milan – San-Remo.
ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 20, 2009 (AFP) – Australian sprinter Robbie McEwen
suffered a gash and bump on his right forearm on Tuesday thanks to an
overzealous spectator at the Tour Down Under who may have compromised his race.
McEwen collided with a “big camera” as he hurtled towards the first stage
finish line at nearly 70 kilometres (45 miles) per hour, but managed to stay
on the saddle and finish fourth. It’s not the first time when a rider collides an object from the spectators mass.
He was taken immediately to hospital and said he would make a decision on
Wednesday morning whether to start the second stage.
McEwen, the winner of 12 stages on the Tour de France and a three-time
winner of the race’s green jersey for the points competition, could not
believe his misfortune.
“I’ll have to make a decision in the morning. I couldn’t pull on the
handlebars, so it’s obviously a worry,” said the Belgium-based Aussie after
the stage, won by German sprinter Andre Greipel.
“I was winding up my sprint when someone reached out with a big camera and
it struck me in the arm.”
Providing he has escaped any fractures, McEwen will hope some overnight
therapy allows him to continue in the race, as he bids to bolster Katusha’s
victory count in their first season in the peloton.
Australian Robbie McEwen, of the Katusha team, claimed the victory honours in the 51km inner city criterium which traditionally precedes the Tour Down Under here.
But all eyes were on the 37-year-old Texan who famously battled cancer in 1998 before going on to win a record seven yellow jerseys at the Tour de France between 1999-2005.
Although Armstrong’s official comeback will take place at the race’s first stage proper on Tuesday — the criterium here is not an International Cycling Union (UCI) sanctioned race — the American still courted plenty of attention.
An estimated crowd of over 130,000, according to organisers, turned out to watch proceedings, with crowd favourite McEwen stunning a strong Columbia team with a late surge at the finish line.