Katusha to sign McEwen and Karpets

September 1, 2008 at 13:42 Leave a comment

Future Russian cycling team Katusha (Катюша), to be created from the Tinkoff formation, on Monday announced the recruitment of experienced Australian Robbie McEwen and Russian Vladimir Karpets (Владимир Карпец). McEwen and Karpets will join up with Italian Filippo Pozzato and Belgian sprinter Gert Steegmans at their new team.
Tinkoff, owned by Russian businessman Oleg Tinkov (Олег Тиньков), said 36-year-old McEwen was joining from Silence Lotto along with the 27-year-old Karpets, who arrives from Caisse d’Epargne. Karpets won the Tour of Switzerland last year. Katusha is the mainstay of a multi-million dollar new Russian Global Cycling Project foundation which enjoys the backing of muscular sponsors including energy giant Gazprom and energy and real estate company Itera. Already snapped up were Alexandre Botcharov (Аоександр Бочаров) from Credit Agricole, Spaniards Antonio Colom (Astana) and Joan Horrach (Caisse d’Epargne), as well as Belgians Kenny de Haes (Topsport) and Stijn Vandenbergh (AG2R).

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