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Katusha Management SA
8, rue du Nant
1207 Genève 6
Tel: 0039 030 913 0904
Fax: 0039 030 618 4301
Management
EKIMOV Viatcheslav
(General Manager)
PIVA Valerio
(Sports Director)
COZZI Claudio
(Ass. Sports Director)
KONYCHEV Dmitri
(Ass. Sports Director)
SCHMIDT Torsten
(Ass. Sports Director)
ZABEL Erik
(Ass. Sports Director)
PESCHEL Uwe
(Ass. Sports Director)
MIKHAYLOV Gennady
(Ass. Sports Director)
CHIESA Mario
(Ass. Sports Director)
KATUSHA (KAT) - RUS

The Russian Katusha team could again provide the winner of the individual UCI WorldTour ranking in 2013. The team's Spanish star, Joaquin Rodriguez, won the title last year and his powers do not seem to be diminishing despite the fact that he is now 34. The Spanish rider has announced his ambition for this year’s Tour de France where he is seeking to improve on his seventh place in 2010. Second place in the Giro d’Italia and two third placings in the Vuelta a España show that he is a serious contender for the podium on the Champs-Elysées.

Rodriguez can also score points in one-week stage races and hilly classics such as the Flèche Wallonne and Tour of Lombardy, both of which he won last year.

In his quest to head the world rankings, Rodriguez will be supported by his compatriot Dani Moreno, also a formidable puncheur, and Russia’s Denis Menchov, always a good performer in the Grand Tours.

Katusha is not in such a strong position in the cobbled classics, but will certainly play the role of a significant outsider. Luca Paolini is the experienced campaigner who will take charge of his young teammates after the retirement of Oscar Freire. Among the burgeoning talents are Austrian Marco Haller, winner of a stage of the Tour of Beijing in 2012, and German rider Rüdiger Selig, fourth in the Under-23 World Championships in 2011.

Other young prospects have also joined the team. These include two Russians aged 23: Sergey Chernetskiy, an excellent climber and time trialist who made a name for himself last year in the Tour de l'Avenir and Giro della Valle d'Aosta, and Anton Vorobyev, who demolished the field in the Under-23 Time Trial at the World Championships, averaging 48.9 km/h over 36 kilometres.

The arrival of these two talents emphasises Katusha’s role in the “Russian Global Cycling Project” that develops young riders through satellite teams and has the mission of encouraging the Russian people to take to their bikes.
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Riders
BELKOV Maxim RUS 09.01.1985
BRUTT Pavel RUS 29.01.1982
CARUSO Giampaolo ITA 15.08.1980
FLORENCIO CABRE Xavier ESP 26.12.1979
GUSEV Vladimir RUS 04.07.1982
IGNATENKO Petr RUS 27.09.1987
IGNATYEV Mikhail RUS 07.05.1985
ISAICHEV Vladimir RUS 21.04.1986
KOLOBNEV Alexandr RUS 04.05.1981
KOZONTCHUK Dmitry RUS 05.04.1984
KRISTOFF Alexander NOR 05.07.1987
KRITSKIY Timofey RUS 24.01.1987
KUCHYNSKI Aliaksandr BLR 27.10.1979
LOSADA ALGUACIL Alberto ESP 28.02.1982
MENCHOV Denis RUS 25.01.1978
MORENO FERNANDEZ Daniel ESP 05.09.1981
PAOLINI Luca ITA 17.01.1977
PORSEV Alexander RUS 21.02.1986
RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin ESP 12.05.1979
SELIG Rudiger GER 19.02.1989
SMUKULIS Gatis LAT 15.04.1987
SPILAK Simon SLO 23.06.1986
TROFIMOV Yury RUS 26.01.1984
TSATEVITCH Alexey RUS 05.07.1989
VICIOSO ARCOS Angel ESP 13.04.1977
VORGANOV Eduard RUS 07.12.1982
Neo
CHERNETSKI Sergei RUS 09.04.1990
HALLER Marco AUT 01.04.1991
KUZNETSOV Viacheslav RUS 24.06.1989
VOROBYEV Anton RUS 12.10.1990
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