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"It is amazing how some riders can be devoted and work just for one goal, the team. All our leaders will confirm it: without Maxim, Pavel, Alberto, Tiago or Ángel they would never have obtained their nice victories."

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05.10.2016 @ 16:22 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Team KATUSHA have that more riders have extended their contracts with the successful WorldTour team. Both riders and management were keen to continue the partnership of the previous years.


Russian rider Maxim Belkov (31) will start his sixth season with the team. The former European TT champion is one of the most professional riders in the peloton. His team devotion is legendary. Belkov has already five Tours of Italy under his belt, including one stage win.


In his three seasons with Team KATUSHA, Russian champion Pavel Kochetkov (30) proved to be the indispensable teammate for the mountains. In 2015, as well as 2016, Pavel finished the Giro successfully, as well as the Vuelta. In 2015 he wore the mountains jersey for a number of days in the Giro d’Italia. This season he excelled in the Russian championship in Sevastopol.


2017 will be Alberto Losada’s (34) seventh season with Team KATUSHA. After six years of flawless collaboration, continuation of the partnership between the Spanish rider and the team was obvious, despite the retirement of Joaquim Rodriguez. Losada has been the right hand ofPurito Rodriguez for six seasons. After 15 Grand Tours, Alberto Losada is one of the most experienced riders in the peloton.


Former Portuguese time trial champion Tiago Machado (33) is the prototype of the all-rounder. He climbs well, he has a good TT in the legs and he has the utmost devotion to the team. Tiago doesn’t like cobblestones but Team KATUSHA has other champions for those races. Machado is the perfect stage race rider. Like the other riders, Machado inked a one-year deal with the team.


Last but certainly not least, Ángel Vicioso (39) starts his 19th season as a pro rider, his sixth for Team KATUSHA. Vicioso is a real miracle man, having survived severe and serious crashes. After each crash he came back stronger, even last year by winning the Gran Premio Indurain after a complicated pelvis fracture. Ángel Vicioso, a former Giro d’Italia stage winner, is fast in the sprint but most of all performs faithfully for the team. In 2016 he was one of the mainstays for Joaquim Rodriguez and Ilnur Zakarin in the Tour de France.


"It is amazing how some riders can be devoted and work just for one goal, the team. All our leaders will confirm it: without Maxim, Pavel, Alberto, Tiago or Ángel they would never have obtained their nice victories. These riders are as proud of the Grand Tour stage wins from the leaders as if they would have won themselves. It is for me an honor to have them with us. All five are part not just of our team, but of our family.  They are not “winners” themselves in the results column, but they allow us to win," said Team KATUSHA General manager Viacheslav Ekimov.



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