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Team information
Founded2012 (2012)
StatusUCI Professional Continental (2012–)
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
General managerRenat Khamidulin
Team name history
Gazprom–RusVelo jersey
Current season

Gazprom–RusVelo (UCI team code: GAZ),[1] a part of the Russian Global Cycling Project, is a Russian road & track cycling team. It was founded in late 2011 and granted UCI Professional Continental status.[2] For its first season 2012 the team signed several ex-Team Katusha riders along with a few ones from Continental Team Itera–Katusha.

RusVelo includes both men's and women's rosters. The directors are Viatcheslav Ekimov, Oleg Grishkin, Egon van Kessel from the Netherlands, and Australian Henk Vogels. The General Manager is Heiko Salzwedel.

Team history[edit]

In December 2012, RusVelo's request for a Professional Continental licence for the 2013 season was denied pending a review.[3] The squad were ultimately awarded a Professional Continental licence on 9 January 2013.[4]


In 2013 the team endured a spate of doping positives. In March Valery Kaikov for the, cancer-causing, banned compound GW501516 (Endurobol).[5] This was the first recorded positive for Endurobol.[6] In June at the 2013 Russian National Championships Roman Maikin and Artem Ovechkin tested positive for Fenoterol and received a six-month ban[7] Andrey Solomennikov tested positive for asthma medication and received a six-month suspension as well.[8] As a result, the team auto-suspended itself from competition.[9] In June 2015, the team received their fifth positive in less than two years when Petr Ignatenko tested positive for human growth hormone (hGH) in an out-of-competition test on April 8, this is only the second hGH positive since Patrick Sinkewitz returned an adverse analytical finding for the substance.[10]

Team roster[edit]

As of 17 January 2019.[11]
Rider Date of birth
 Ildar Arslanov (RUS) (1994-04-06) 6 April 1994 (age 25)
 Igor Boev (RUS) (1989-11-22) 22 November 1989 (age 29)
 Nikolay Cherkasov (RUS) (1996-09-26) 26 September 1996 (age 22)
 Alexander Evtushenko (RUS) (1993-06-30) 30 June 1993 (age 25)
 Evgeny Kobernyak (RUS) (1995-01-24) 24 January 1995 (age 24)
 Vladislav Kulikov (RUS) (1996-07-08) 8 July 1996 (age 22)
 Alexandr Kulikovskiy (RUS) (1997-01-02) 2 January 1997 (age 22)
 Alexey Kurbatov (RUS) (1994-05-09) 9 May 1994 (age 25)
 Stepan Kurianov (RUS) (1996-12-07) 7 December 1996 (age 22)
 Denis Nekrasov (RUS) (1997-02-19) 19 February 1997 (age 22)
Rider Date of birth
 Artem Nych (RUS) (1995-03-21) 21 March 1995 (age 24)
 Alexander Porsev (RUS) (1986-02-21) 21 February 1986 (age 33)
 Petr Rikunov (RUS) (1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 (age 22)
 Ivan Rovny (RUS) (1987-09-30) 30 September 1987 (age 31)
 Alexey Rybalkin (RUS) (1993-11-16) 16 November 1993 (age 25)
 Evgeny Shalunov (RUS) (1992-01-08) 8 January 1992 (age 27)
 Sergey Shilov (RUS) (1988-02-06) 6 February 1988 (age 31)
 Mamyr Stash (RUS) (1993-05-04) 4 May 1993 (age 26)
 Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS) (1996-04-23) 23 April 1996 (age 23)
 Anton Vorobyev (RUS) (1990-10-12) 12 October 1990 (age 28)

Major wins[edit]

Team Pursuit World Cup Beijing
Team Pursuit World Cup Astana
Stage 2 Vuelta a Murcia, Alexander Serov
Stage 5 Grand Prix of Sochi, Leonid Krasnov
Stage 1 GP Adygeya, Sergey Firsanov
Stage 3 GP Adygeya, Alexander Mironov
Stage 5 GP Adygeya, Victor Manakov
Overall Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid, Sergey Firsanov
Stage 2, Sergey Firsanov
Stage 8 Tour of Qinghai Lake, Artur Ershov
Stage 3 Tour of China II, Leonid Krasnov
Stage 1 Tour of Hainan, Leonid Krasnov
Stage 1 (ITT) GP of Adygeya, Ilnur Zakarin
Memorial Oleg Dyachenko, Alexander Rybakov
Grand Prix of Moscow, Ivan Kovalev
Stage 3 Five Rings of Moscow, Sergey Klimov
Stage 1a Tour of Estonia, Leonid Krasnov
 Russia Time Trial Championships, Ilnur Zakarin
Stage 1 Volta a Portugal, Alexander Serov
Stage 1 Vuelta Ciclista a Costa Rica, Evgeny Kovalev
Stage 5 Vuelta Ciclista a Costa Rica, Alexander Serov
Overall Grand Prix of Sochi, Ilnur Zakarin
Stage 1, Sergey Lagutin
Stage 2, Roman Maikin
Overall GP of Adygeya, Ilnur Zakarin
Stage 1 (ITT), Ilnur Zakarin
Stages 2 & 5, Igor Boev
Mayor Cup, Sergey Lagutin
Memorial Oleg Dyachenko, Andrey Solomennikov
Overall Five Rings of Moscow, Andrey Solomennikov
Stages 2 & 4, Igor Boev
Stage 3, Sergey Lagutin
Overall Tour d'Azerbaïdjan, Ilnur Zakarin
Overall Grand Prix Udmurtskaya Pravda, Artur Ershov
Stage 1 (ITT), Timofey Kritsky
Stage 4, Artur Ershov
Stage 7 Tour of Qinghai Lake, Timofey Kritsky
Stage 2 Baltic Chain Tour, Ivan Balykin
Overall Tour of Kavkaz, Sergey Firsanov
Stage 2, Igor Boev
Stage 4, Sergey Firsanov
Stage 7 Vuelta Ciclista a Costa Rica, Timofey Kritsky
Grand Prix of Sochi Mayor, Sergey Firsanov
Overall Grand Prix of Sochi, Alexander Foliforov
Stage 4 (ITT), Alexander Foliforov
Krasnodar–Anapa, Andrey Solomennikov
Stage 3 Tour of Kuban, Roman Maikin
Maykop–Ulyap–Maykop, Ivan Balykin
Overall Grand Prix of Adygeya, Sergey Firsanov
Stage 2, Sergey Firsanov
Stage 5 Tour d'Azerbaïdjan, Sergey Firsanov
Overall Tour de Serbie, Ivan Savitskiy
Stages 1, 2 & 4, Ivan Savitskiy
Stage 1 (ITT) Tour of Slovenia, Artem Ovechkin
 Russia Time Trial Championships, Artem Ovechkin
 Russia U23 Road Race Championships, Artem Nych
Stage 4 Tour of Qinghai Lake, Ivan Savitskiy
Jersey green.svg Overall Settimana Coppi & Bartali, Sergey Firsanov
Stage 1b (TTT)
Stage 2, Sergey Firsanov
Giro dell'Appennino, Sergey Firsanov
Stage 15 (ITT) Giro d'Italia, Alexander Foliforov
Stage 2 Tour of Estonia, Roman Maikin
Stage 2 Tour du Limousin, Roman Maikin
Stage 4 Tour de Slovaquie, Ivan Savitskiy
 Russia Road Race Championships, Alexander Porsev
Stage 2 Toscana-Terra di Ciclismo, Aleksandr Vlasov
Jersey pink.svg Overall Giro Ciclistico d'Italia, Aleksandr Vlasov

National champions[edit]


  1. ^ "Road - Teams". Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  2. ^ "New russian pro-continental team RusVelo announced". Retrieved 2012-02-23.
  3. ^ "RusVelo, Andalucia miss Pro Continental licenses". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  4. ^ Farrand, Stephen (9 January 2013). "Katusha applies for Professional Continental licence to ride San Luis". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  5. ^ Cycling News. "Rusvelo's Kaikov fails drug test".
  6. ^ "First cycling positive for GW501516, Rusvelo's Valery Kaykov provisionally suspended".
  7. ^ Cycling News. "Rusvelo face four-week suspension after three positives for asthma drug".
  8. ^ "Rusvelo team hit by three positive tests at Russian national championships". Archived from the original on December 3, 2013.
  9. ^ "Rusvelo team confirms its withdrawal from Giro dell Appennino after trio of positive tests".
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Menchov returns as directeur sportif with Gazprom-RusVelo". Immediate Media Company. 26 December 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2019.

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