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Team information
RegisteredRussia (2009–2016)
Switzerland (2017–present)
Founded2009 (2009)
StatusUCI ProTeam (2009–2012)
UCI Professional Continental (Jan 2013–Feb 2013)
UCI WorldTeam (2013–present)
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
General managerJosé Azevedo
Team name history
Team Katusha
Katusha–Alpecin jersey
Current season

Katusha–Alpecin (Russian: Катюша, UCI team code: KAT) is a Swiss road bicycle racing team which competes using Canyon bikes.[1] The team was created in 2008 by Igor Makarov within the framework of the previously established Russian Global Cycling Project, which was intended to help cycling in Russia to move to a qualitatively new level. In 2017 the team took an international direction, still supported by Igor Makarov’s company ARETI International Group, clothing company Katusha Sports and German shampoo manufacturer Alpecin. The team has competed as a UCI ProTeam/WorldTour team since 2009. Joaquim Rodríguez, Alexander Kristoff, Daniel Moreno, Simon Špilak, Filippo Pozzato, Luca Paolini, Ilnur Zakarin, and Tony Martin are some of the most successful riders who have been riding for Katusha.


The cycling project was launched in the very end of 2008, when on December 22 a Team Katusha was launched in Moscow.[2] The team was practically organised by the Russian Global Cycling Project foundation, which itself is funded by Russian businesses such as Gazprom, Itera and Rostechnologii.[3]

The team was launched with a large budget of over €15 million.[3] In its first official season it signed leading cyclists such as Robbie McEwen, Vladimir Karpets, Filippo Pozzato, and Gert Steegmans.[4] The team first raced at the 2009 Tour Down Under.

During the 2009 season, the team earned 23 wins. Some of the notable wins were Sergei Ivanov’s Amstel Gold victory, Filippo Pozzato's Italian road title and triumph at Giro del Veneto.[5]

After the 2012 season, Katusha lost their UCI World Tour license, despite having in their ranks the champion of the 2012 season (Joaquim Rodríguez) and finishing the 2012 UCI World Tour team rankings in second position.[6] The team appealed that decision before the Court of Arbitration for Sport and it was announced on 15 February 2013 that the decision of the UCI was overturned and that Katusha would be part of the 2013 UCI World Tour.[7]

Most successful season so far was 2015 when the team took victories in Tour of Flanders, Gent-Wevelgem, Scheldeprijs, GP Ouest France - Plouay, as well as overall wins in Tour of the Basque Country, Tour de Suisse, Tour de Romandie and stage wins in Tour de France, Tour of Italy and Tour of Spain.

During the 2017 season two staff members were videotaped dumping the team RV's septic system in a parking lot off the highway at the Amgen Tour of California. The California Highway Patrol and race organizers were informed of the incident and the waste was later professionally removed. The two staffers were suspended and sent home from the race.[8]


In March 2009 Christian Pfannberger tested positive for EPO[9] and was banned for life.[10] In April the same year Antonio Colom tested positive for EPO.[11]

In 2011 a number of police searches led by the Padova authorities were conducted in Italy during April. The searches were linked to a broader doping investigation linked to Michele Ferrari. Katusha riders; Vladimir Gusev, Mikhail Ignatiev, Vladimir Karpets and Alexandr Kolobnev were searched.[12] Later in July, Kolobnev tested positive for Hydrochlorothiazide (HCT) on stage 5 of the 2011 Tour de France.[13][14] Two weeks later Kolobnevs B-sample returned a positive for HCT.[15]

In April 2012 Denis Galimzyanov tested positive for EPO in an out of competition test.[16] Galimzyanov later admitted to taking the banned substance.[17] In June 2012 Filippo Pozzato admitted to using the services of Dr Ferrari from 2004 to 2009.[18]

In July 2015, Luca Paolini tested positive for cocaine (Benzoylecgonine metabolite) in a sample given on July 7 during the 2015 Tour de France. As a result, the team withdrew Paolini from the Tour de France.[19] A month later, in August, Giampaolo Caruso returned an EPO positive from a sample taken in March 2012, which had been subsequently retested due to advances in detecting technology. He was suspended by the team awaiting testing of his B-sample.[20]

In February 2016, Eduard Vorganov tested positive for the newly WADA-banned compound, Meldonium. Due to the frequency of doping positives, the teams faces a potential 15- to 45-day ban.[21]

Team roster[edit]

As of 2 January 2018.[22]
Rider Date of birth
 Maxim Belkov (RUS) (1985-01-09) 9 January 1985 (age 33)
 Jenthe Biermans (BEL) (1995-10-30) 30 October 1995 (age 23)
 Ian Boswell (USA) (1991-02-07) 7 February 1991 (age 27)
 Steff Cras (BEL) (1996-02-13) 13 February 1996 (age 22)
 Alex Dowsett (GBR) (1988-10-03) 3 October 1988 (age 30)
 Matteo Fabbro (ITA) (1995-04-10) 10 April 1995 (age 23)
 José Gonçalves (POR) (1989-02-13) 13 February 1989 (age 29)
 Nathan Haas (AUS) (1989-03-12) 12 March 1989 (age 29)
 Marco Haller (AUT) (1991-04-01) 1 April 1991 (age 27)
 Reto Hollenstein (SUI) (1985-08-22) 22 August 1985 (age 33)
 Robert Kišerlovski (CRO) (1986-08-09) 9 August 1986 (age 32)
 Marcel Kittel (GER) (1988-05-11) 11 May 1988 (age 30)
 Pavel Kochetkov (RUS) (1986-03-07) 7 March 1986 (age 32)
Rider Date of birth
 Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (RUS) (1989-06-24) 24 June 1989 (age 29)
 Maurits Lammertink (NED) (1990-08-31) 31 August 1990 (age 28)
 Tiago Machado (POR) (1985-10-18) 18 October 1985 (age 33)
 Tony Martin (GER) (1985-04-23) 23 April 1985 (age 33)
 Marco Mathis (GER) (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 24)
 Baptiste Planckaert (BEL) (1988-09-28) 28 September 1988 (age 30)
 Nils Politt (GER) (1994-03-06) 6 March 1994 (age 24)
 Jhonatan Restrepo (COL) (1994-11-28) 28 November 1994 (age 23)
 Willie Smit (RSA) (1992-12-29) 29 December 1992 (age 25)
 Simon Špilak (SLO) (1986-06-23) 23 June 1986 (age 32)
 Mads Würtz Schmidt (DNK) (1994-03-31) 31 March 1994 (age 24)
 Rick Zabel (GER) (1993-12-07) 7 December 1993 (age 24)
 Ilnur Zakarin (RUS) (1989-09-15) 15 September 1989 (age 29)

Major wins[edit]

Since the creation of Team Katusha in 2009, its riders have won many races. As of January 2017, these included 28 stages in Grand Tours and four cycling monuments: the 2012 and 2013 Il Lombardia were won by Joaquim Rodríguez, the 2014 Milan–San Remo and the 2015 Tour of Flanders were won by Alexander Kristoff.

National champions[edit]

MaillotItalia.svg Italian Road Race, Filippo Pozzato
MaillotRusia.PNG Russian Road Race, Sergei Ivanov
MaillotMoldavia.PNG Moldovan Road Race, Alexandre Pliuschin
MaillotRusia.PNG Russian Road Race, Alexandre Kolobnev
MaillotRusia.PNG Russian Time Trial, Vladimir Gusev
MaillotRusia.PNG Russian Road Race, Pavel Brutt
MaillotRusia.PNG Russian Time Trial, Mikhail Ignatiev
MaillotBielorrusia.PNG Belarusian Road Race, Aleksandr Kuschynski
MaillotMoldavia.PNG Moldovan Road Race, Alexandre Pliuschin
MaillotRusia.PNG Russian Road Race, Eduard Vorganov
MaillotLetonia.PNG Latvian Time Trial, Gatis Smukulis
MaillotRusia.PNG Russian Time Trial, Denis Menchov
MaillotLetonia.PNG Latvian Time Trial, Gatis Smukulis
MaillotRusia.PNG Russian Road Race, Vladimir Isaichev
MaillotLetonia.PNG Latvian Time Trial, Gatis Smukulis
MaillotRusia.PNG Russian Time Trial, Anton Vorobyev
MaillotRusia.PNG Russian Road Race, Alexander Porsev
MaillotLetonia.PNG Latvian Time Trial, Gatis Smukulis
MaillotRusia.PNG Russian Road Race, Yuri Trofimov
MaillotAustria.PNG Austrian Road Race, Marco Haller
MaillotRusia.PNG Russian Time Trial, Sergey Chernetskiy
MaillotRusia.PNG Russian Road Race, Pavel Kochetkov
MaillotRusia.PNG Russian Time Trial, Ilnur Zakarin
MaillotAlemania.PNG German Time Trial, Tony Martin
UEC Champion Jersey.svg European Road Race, Alexander Kristoff


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