Ilnur Zakarin

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Ilnur Zakarin
Ilnur Zakarin.jpg
Zakarin at the 2015 Tour de Romandie
Personal information
Full nameIlnur Azatovich Zakarin
Born (1989-09-15) 15 September 1989 (age 30)
Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia
Height1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)[1]
Weight67 kg (148 lb; 10 st 8 lb)[1]
Team information
Current teamTeam Katusha–Alpecin
Rider typeAll-rounder
Professional team(s)
2015–Team Katusha
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
2 individual stages (2015, 2019)
Tour de France
1 individual stage (2016)

Stage races

Tour de Romandie (2015)

One-day races and Classics

National Time Trial Championships (2013, 2017)

Ilnur Azatovich Zakarin (Russian: Ильнур Азатович Закарин; born 15 September 1989) is a Russian racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Team Katusha–Alpecin.[2]


In 2007, as a 17-year-old, he won the juniors time trial at the European Road Championships.[3]

Doping ban[edit]

In July 2009, the Russian cycling federation announced that Zakarin had been banned for two years after he had tested positive for the anabolic steroid metandienone.[4]

Early career[edit]

He came back from his ban in 2011 and in 2012 he got a contract with continental team Itera–Katusha. In the fall of 2012 he rode as a stagiaire with Team Katusha, but he was not picked up by the team and instead he got a contract with professional continental team RusVelo, whom he rode for in 2013 and 2014.

In September 2014 Team Katusha announced that they had signed Zakarin on an initial two-year deal from 2015.[5]

2015 season[edit]

In April 2015 he finished ninth overall at the Tour of the Basque Country. At the beginning of May 2015, Zakarin took a prestigious victory; the general classification of the Tour de Romandie. He realized this feat thanks to a good performance in the mountains, finishing second in stage 4,[6] and a very good time trial ride on the fifth and final stage, where he finished second even though he had to change his bike midway through the course due to some mechanical issues.[7] Zakarin made his Grand Tour debut at the 2015 Giro d'Italia, where he won Stage 11 after attacking from a breakaway in heavy rain at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari racing circuit in Imola.[8]

2016 season[edit]

Zakarin at the 2016 Tour de France

In 2016, Zakarin won Stage 6 of Paris–Nice atop La Madone d'Utelle ahead of Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff).[9] He finished the race fourth overall.[10] Zakarin led Katusha at the Giro d'Italia. On Stage 19, whilst placed fifth overall, he crashed heavily on the descent of the Colle dell'Agnello, suffering a fractures to his left collarbone and shoulder and ending his race.[11] Zakarin recovered from his injuries and was named in the start list for the Tour de France.[12] Zakarin won Stage 17 of the race after bridging up to Rafał Majka (Tinkoff) and Jarlinson Pantano (IAM Cycling) at the base of the day's final climb to FinhautEmosson, and attacking with six kilometres remaining to solo to stage victory.[13]

2017 season[edit]

Zakarin at the 2017 Giro d'Italia

He started the season at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana stage race, and continued by riding the Abu Dhabi Tour in which he finished 2nd.[14] He finished 5th at the Giro d'Italia after finishing 2nd on three individual stages. On 10 July 2017, Zakarin renewed his contract with Team Katusha–Alpecin for two years.[15] Zakarin finished in third place at the Vuelta a España; the last time a Russian stood on the podium was in 2007, when Denis Menchov won that race.[16] Zakarin became Russian champion in the individual time trial during the season,[17] and finished his season by representing Russia at the World Championships.

He won the 2017 award for "Athlete of the year" in Tatarstan, and received the prize at the ceremony of athletes of the year of Tatarstan on 18 December at the Volga Region State Academy of Physical Culture, Sport and Tourism of the Republic of Tatarstan.[18]

2018 season[edit]

He began the 2018 season at the Abu Dhabi Tour.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Zakarin is a native of Naberezhnye Chelny in the Tatarstan region of Russia, and lives in Cyprus.[20] He is married to Viktoria, a nutritionist.[21] The couple's first child, a daughter, Kristina, was born in 2016.[22] His brother Aydar Zakarin is also a racing cyclist.[21] He is a non-practising Muslim, he wears a crescent moon pendant, goes to mosque on occasion during the year and listens to Tatari music to remind him of home. He is also a book lover.[23]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Time trial, UEC European Junior Road Championships
10th Overall Giro del Friuli-Venezia Giulia
1st Overall Grand Prix of Adygea
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 2 & 4
1st Grand Prix of Donetsk
4th Overall Tour Alsace
1st Stage 5 (ITT)
8th Duo Normand (with Alexander Rybakov)
9th Overall Girobio
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 5
10th Overall Grand Prix of Sochi
1st MaillotRusia.PNG Time trial, National Road Championships
3rd Overall Grand Prix of Adygea
1st Stage 1 (ITT)
5th Duo Normand (with Alexander Rybakov)
1st Jersey blue.svg Overall Tour de Azerbaijan
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Grand Prix of Sochi
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Grand Prix of Adygea
1st Stage 1 (ITT)
2nd Overall Tour of Slovenia
3rd Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 11 Giro d'Italia
3rd Overall Arctic Race of Norway
4th Overall Tour de Pologne
9th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
10th Overall Tour de San Luis
1st Stage 17 Tour de France
3rd Vuelta a Murcia
4th Overall Paris–Nice
1st Stage 6
4th Overall Tour de Romandie
5th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
7th Overall Volta a Catalunya
7th Overall Volta ao Algarve
1st MaillotRusia.PNG Time trial, National Road Championships
2nd Overall Abu Dhabi Tour
3rd Overall Vuelta a España
5th Overall Giro d'Italia
6th Overall Paris–Nice
7th GP Miguel Induráin
9th Overall Tour de France
10th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
8th Overall Tour de Romandie
10th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 13
10th Overall Paris–Nice

General classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour general classification results
Grand Tour 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 44 DNF 5 10
A yellow jersey Tour de France 25 9 51
A red jersey Vuelta a España 3 20
Major stage race general classification results
Race 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Jersey yellow.svg Paris–Nice 4 6 16 10
Jersey blue.svg Tirreno–Adriatico
MaillotVolta.png Volta a Catalunya 7 DNF 17
Jersey yellow.svg Tour of the Basque Country 9 21
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Romandie 1 4 15 8
Jersey yellow-bluebar.svg Critérium du Dauphiné 10
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Suisse

Monuments results[edit]

Monument 2015 2016 2017 2018
Milan–San Remo
Tour of Flanders
Liège–Bastogne–Liège 5 45
Giro di Lombardia DNF DNF
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Ilnur Zakarin - Team KATUSHA ALPECIN". Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Katusha-Alpecin announce reduced 24-rider roster for 2019". Immediate Media Company. 20 November 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Results Road Men Junior 2007". European Cycling Union. 13 October 2009. Archived from the original on 13 February 2013.
  4. ^ Susan Westemeyer (28 January 2009). "Russia suspends three young riders". Future plc. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Team Katusha signs with Ilnur Zakarin and Sergey Lagutin" (Press release). Team Katusha. 30 September 2014. Archived from the original on 9 October 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  6. ^ Sadhbh O'Shea (2 May 2015). "Pinot takes victory on Tour de Romandie stage 5". Future plc. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  7. ^ Sadhbh O'Shea (3 May 2015). "Zakarin wins Tour de Romandie". Future plc. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Ilnur Zakarin takes solo win in rainy Imola on stage 11 of Giro d'Italia - Cycling Weekly". 20 May 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Zakarin soars to Paris-Nice Queen Stage win -". Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Thomas survives thrilling finale to win Paris-Nice -". 13 March 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Zakarin crashes out of Giro d'Italia with fractured collarbone and shoulder blade -". Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  12. ^ "2016 > 103rd Tour de France > Startlist". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Tour de France: Chris Froome extends lead with four stages remaining". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Abu Dhabi Tour 2017". Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  15. ^ "Ilnur Zakarin signs 2-year deal with Team KATUSHA ALPECIN -". Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  16. ^ Фрум выиграл «Вуэльту Испании», Закарин — на подиуме гонки Гранд-тура
  17. ^ "National Championships Russia - ITT 2017". Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  18. ^ "To slice the cake fairly – but swimmers weren't given enough". Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  19. ^ "Abu Dhabi Tour 2018 | Startlist | Startlist". Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  20. ^ "Zakarin sees his way clear to first Tour de France stage win -". Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  21. ^ a b Brunel, Philippe (16 May 2016). "Le fabuleux régime d'Ilnur Zakarin" [The fabulous diet of Ilnur Zakarin]. L'Equipe (in French). Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  22. ^ Petrequin, Samuel (20 July 2016). "Zakarin won't discuss Russian doping after Tour win". Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  23. ^ "The Russian Riddle: Ilnur Zakarin". Retrieved 24 July 2016.

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