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There are 4 Katusha riders in top 30 of the UCI’s World Rankings
Katusha for Tour of Poland
Laszlo Bodrogi, Pavel Brutt, Nikita Eskov, Denis Galimzyanov, Serguei Klimov, Guennadi Mikhsylov, Alexander Serov and Danilo Napolitano.
1 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 4:05:31
2 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas
3 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank 0:00:34
4 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha
5 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram
6 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne
7 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence – Lotto
8 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel
9 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre – NGC
10 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
Filippo Pozzato and Team Katusha need to respect the design of the national champion jersey, said the Italian cycling federation (FCI) today in a press statement.
“It is not the same design we gave to him at the championships in Imola. The jersey he is using does not conform to the tricolore design,” a representative of the FCI told us.
Pozzato won the Italian championships on June 28 ahead of Damiano Cunego. He is entitled the wear the prestigious national – green, white and red – jersey for one year.
He is racing at the Tour de France, July 4 to 26, where the champion’s jersey is visible to millions of fans. The federation is upset with the design Katusha has used. The design adapts the Italian colours to the sponsor’s logo and results in very little green.
“We just used the same layout and changed the colours. We did that with the Austrian and Russian champions’ jerseys as well,” Katusha‘s press spokesman, Andrea Agostoni, told us.
Agostoni explained the team will change the jersey in the coming days. They are waiting for a new jersey to arrive from their supplier, Santini, in Italy.
Riders wear different variations of the national champion jersey from year to year. Agostoni noted that no one forced Alejandro Valverde to change his Spanish Champion jersey last year. It had more black than the nation’s red and yellow traditional design.
The Professional Cyclists’ Association (CPA) has explained that a clause demanding payment of salary should a rider test positive for performance-enhancing substances is not permissible according to UCI regulations.
The declaration follows news that Team Katusha riders were told to sign a clause in their contracts stipulating that should they test positive for doping products a financial penalty of up to five times their annual salary may result.
Robbie McEwen stated last week that a third doping case would spell the end for the Russian team, given that star riders Christian Pfannberger and Toni Colom both tested positive for EPO after controls taken during the Spring Classics.
While McEwen expressed misgivings over the introduction of the stipulations, he signed the charter. Overnight however, Belgian rider Gert Steegmans has stated he won’t sign the charter, a move which jeopardises his chances of competing in the Tour de France next month. Steegmans has expressed concerns over the situation, labelling it as ‘complex’.
In a statement released on Monday, the stance of the CPA concurred with that of Steegmans, explaining, “the CPA reminds all the riders who belong to a ProTour or Continental Professional Team that the UCI Regulation which includes the Joint Agreement does not allow to add a clause which impinges on the riders’ rights.”
Fabian Cancellara of Team Saxo Bank dominated the opening time trial of the Tour de Suisse, finishing an astonishing 19 seconds faster than his closest competition over the 7.8 km course in Liechtenstein. Defending champion Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) was second and Astana’s Andreas Klöden was third, 22 seconds down.
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 9.21 (50.053 km/h) 2 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 0.19 3 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 0.22 4 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - Highroad 0.24 5 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - Highroad 0.31 6 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - Highroad 7 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - Highroad 0.32 8 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam 0.34 9 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 10 Rui Alberto Faria (Por) Caisse d'Epargne 0.35 ... 16 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha 0.38
73rd Tour de Suisse – UPT
Switzerland, June 13-21, 2009
Katusha 51 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) 52 Antonio Colom (Spa) 53 Nikita Eskov (Rus) 54 Joan Horrach (Spa) 55 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) 56 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) 57 Robbie McEwen (Aus) 58 Filippo Pozzato (Ita)