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McEwen signs Katusha anti-doping clause

Robbie McEwen

Robbie McEwen

Australian Robbie McEwen has had to balance his recovery from a severe knee injury with public questions about his refusal to sign his Katusha team’s anti-doping contract, but both issues are being resolved. “After receiving the awaited legal advice, I have now signed the much spoken about anti-doping addendum to my contract with Team Katusha,” he announced on his web site

McEwen and several others from the team hesitated to sign the anti-doping agreement which would punish riders with a fine of five times their salary if they were found positive. The policy was instituted after Austrian Christian Pfannberger tested positive earlier this year.

After the policy was presented to the riders, Antonio Colom became the second Katusha rider to test positive following targeted testing by the UCI. Colom also refused to sign the charter.

“I want it clearly understood that I am absolutely anti-doping,” said McEwen.

“Now that the details have been sorted out I can concentrate fully on my comeback and get back to racing and winning with my teammates as soon as possible.”

McEwen suffered a broken tibia in a run-in with a road sign during the Tour of Belgium 2009 last month. It was initially feared that the sign had sliced through important tendons and ligaments, but the damage turned out to be less severe, and McEwen was able to pedal on a stationary trainer for the first time this week.


June 10, 2009 at 11:34 Leave a comment

Laszlo Bodrogi – french

Laszlo Bodrogi

Laszlo Bodrogi

At the Dauphiné Libéré, Laszlo Bodrogi has appeared on the start list as a Frenchman, no longer riding under his original Hungarian nationality. It’s not a mistake; rather, he has traded the green of his native flag for the blue of France thanks to nuptial bliss.

“I asked for French naturalisation in the middle of 2007 and it was accepted last year,” said Bodrogi, whose wife is French. The son of a doctor who travelled from Budapest to Besançon for work when Laszlo was a teenager in the early ’90s, the Katusha rider moved to the east of France when he was a junior.

He developed as a young rider with the elite CC Etupes squad and remained in Besançon – besides a brief stint in northern Italy during his first year as a pro with the Mapei Espoirs team in 2000.

Since then he he has been Hungarian national champion 10 times but this year he’ll take part in the French championships in Saint-Brieuc, Brittany, on June 25 and 28. He’ll face stronger competition. “It won’t be easy because I’m coming back after a long break due to an injury,” he explained. He broke a tibia and a foot during a crash at the Tour of Germany last year and began training again at the end of February before resuming racing at the Four Days of Dunkirk.

“I’ve chosen to ride for France because the support would be better”, he added. It means the silver medallist of the 2007 world championship time trial, who also won the Chrono des Nations that year, is far from having given up his ambitions to get the rainbow jersey at the age of 33.

June 9, 2009 at 12:38 Leave a comment

UCI’s World Calendar rankings: Katusha fifth

Following his victory in the Giro d’Italia Denis Menchov has moved to the top of the UCI’s World Calendar rankings, relegating former leader Heinrich Haussler to third, while Allan Davis moves up to second. Menchov had been previously unclassified in the rankings.

Danilo Di Luca is another big mover on the standings thanks to his second place overall in the Giro. He moves 120 places, from 127th to seventh, while Stefano Garzelli moved up 18 places to enter the top 10.

With four stage victories in the Giro, Cervélo TestTeam now leads the teams standings, followed by Caisse d’Epargne and Quick Step. Following its national tour, Italy is currently the most dominant nation, with Spain and Australia sitting second and third respectively.

Rankings as of June 1, 2009


1 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                                       218 pts
2 Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step                                                       205
3 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo Test Team                                          197
4 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli              194
5 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                                 188
6 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana                                              188
7 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Lpr Brakes Farnese Vini                                       188
8 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto                                               187
9 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffè Mokambo                              170
10 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                                      169


1 Cervélo Test Team                                                                  608 pts
2 Caisse D'Epargne                                                                   571
3 Quick Step                                                                         558
4 Team Columbia - High Road                                                          531
5 Team Katusha                                                                       500


1 Italy                                                                              847 pts
2 Spain                                                                              823
3 Australia                                                                          612
4 Belgium                                                                            503
5 Russian Federation                                                                 479

June 3, 2009 at 09:27 Leave a comment

Katusha for La Flèche Wallonne 2009

Milram, Quick Step, Silence-Lotto, Saxo Bank, Caisse d’Epargne, Euskaltel, Garmin, Columbia, AG2R-La Mondiale, Bbox Bouygues Telecom, Cofidis, Française des Jeux, Lampre-NGC, Liquigas, Astana, Rabobank and Katusha make up the ProTour teams list.

Team Katusha

131 Serguei Ivanov (Rus)
132 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus)
133 Pavel Brutt (Rus)
134 Nikita Eskov (Rus)
135 Serguei Klimov (Rus)
136 Luca Mazzanti (Ita)
137 Christian Pfannberger (Aut)
138 Ben Swift (GBr)
139 *Alexander Serov (Rus)
140 *Maxime Vantomme (Bel)

April 21, 2009 at 19:25 Leave a comment

Trofeo Mallorca Challenge 2009

Spain’s first major race of 2009 will see an enormous field of riders contest the five-day event. The UCI Europe Tour continues with the 2009 Volta Ciclista a Mallorca Challenge from February 8-12. The 18th edition of this event includes five separate races: Trofeo Mallorca, Trofeo Cala Millor – Cala Bona, Trofeo Pollensa – Puerto de Alcudia, Trofeo Inca and Trofeo Calvia. The 19 teams, from 10 nations, will divide their roster differently among each race, based on their strengths and season objectives. Last year’s champion, Philippe Gilbert, is not returning to defend his title.

The teams include: 9 ProTeams – Katusha, Caisse d’Epargne, Euskaltel Euskadi, Cofidis, Quick Step, Team Milram, Liquigas, Rabobank, Team Columbia – High Road; and 10 Professional Continental and Continental teams – Andalucía Caja Sur, Xacobeo Galicia, Plowman Craven – Madison, Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse, Burgos Monumental, Kuota Indeland, ELK Haus, Orbea, Van Vliet and Contentpolis – Ampo.

The riders who will represent Team Katusha during this cycling event are:
Alexander Botcharov, Sergey Ivanov, Vladimir Karpets, Sergey Klimov, Nikolay Trusov, Antonio Colom, Juan Horrach Ripoll, Robbie McEwen, Christian Pfannberger, Kenny Dehaes, Gert Steegmans, and Stijn Vandenbergh

February 7, 2009 at 11:50 Leave a comment

McEwen out of the saddle

McEwen winning Cancer Council Classic

McEwen winning Cancer Council Classic

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.

January 20, 2009 at 12:42 Leave a comment

Team Katusha – important for Russian cycling

Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin was among
the guests earlier this week as the country’s first fully professional cycling
team, Katusha, convened in chilly Moscow.

Run by former Paris-Roubaix winner Andrey Tchmil, Katusha features some of
cycling’s elder statesmen like Australian Robbie McEwen and Filippo Pozzato of
Italy, as well as younger talents such as former Olympic points race champion
Mikhail Ignatiev.

It is the first Russian-owned team to compete in European cycling’s elite,
and will do so as of January 2009 with a 27-man roster.

According to a press statement Wednesday Putin, Moldovan president Vladimir
Voronin and Giro d’Italia director Angelo Zomegnan were in attendance Tuesday
as the team made its official presentation in Moscow.

Held at the headquarters of oil and gas firm Itera, the company’s
president, Igori Makarov, said he was hoping the team’s existence would spark
a golden era for cycling across Russia.

“Finally, Russian cycling has stepped into the professional realm. We have
waited a long time for this moment, and it was necessary to overcome a lot of
barriers, problems and resistance on the way,”

he said.

He added: “Katusha is a combination of the social, economic and political
components expressed in sports and is a powerful project supported by serious
partners aimed at developing cycling in Russia, creating possibilities for
young riders and a representation of the glory of our native land.”

December 25, 2008 at 22:51 Leave a comment

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