The Katusha team is sloughing off its Russian skin and embracing a new global identity, recreating itself as not just a team but also a brand.

The kit is sharp and the idea forward thinking and a pointer to where all WorldTour teams are headed, particularly now that the UCI has confirmed some degree of long term security with operating licences to be extended to three years, rather than an annual process.

Along with the presentation of its roster and plans for 2016, the team announced a commercial spinoff called Katusha Sports which will offer a range of branded performance and urban wear for the masses.

Riding for Katusha in 2016 are 28 riders from twelve countries, Austria, Belgium, Colombia, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia and Spain.

Maxim Belkov, Sven Erik Bystrøm, Sergei Chernetckii, Jacopo Guarnieri, Marco Haller, Vladimir Isaychev, Pavel Kochetkov, Dmitriy Kozonchuk, Alexander Kristoff, Viacheslav Kuznetsov, Sergey Lagutin, Alberto Losada, Tiago Machado, Matvey Mamykin, Michael Mørkøv, Nils Politt, Aleksandr Porsev, Jhonatan Restrepo, Joaquim Rodríguez, Egor Silin, Simon Špilak, Rein Taaramäe, Alexey Tsatevich, Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Angel Vicioso, Eduard Vorganov, Anton Vorobyev, and Ilnur Zakarin

Sports Directors: José Azevedo, Claudio Cozzi, Xavier Florencio, Dmitry Konyshev, Gennady Mikhaylov and Torsten Schmidt.

 

 

Monday 14 Dec 2015

In his last year as a professional Fabian Cancellara hopes to improve on last year when injury featured more than success. He said he'd love to go out with a bang and bag a monument in his farewell but to do that he has to first stay upright.

Thankfully there was no injury but no such luck for Trek Factory Racing team-mate Riccardo Zoidl who broke a collarbone in the incident.

"I was sliding a little bit, but I could handle it and thought I was safe and then my teammate next to me crashed and went directly into my front wheel and I flipped over, Zoidl said. "We were not going fast, maybe 10-15km/h, but it was really, really slippery. I think a total of 10 of us crashed there.

“I was super disappointed in the first five minutes after it happened, but now I have come to terms with it. This is the second time for me and I was really nervous the first time I broke my collarbone, but now I know what to expect with the rehab. It’s a shame that it was a short training camp for me, but everything in life has a reason.”