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Team information
UCI code GAZ
Registered Russia
Founded 2012 (2012)
Discipline Road
Status UCI Professional Continental (2012–)
Bicycles Colnago
Website Team home page
Key personnel
General manager Renat 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]

Rider Date of birth
 Ildar Arslanov (RUS) (1994-04-06) 6 April 1994 (age 23)
 Igor Boev (RUS) (1988-11-22) 22 November 1988 (age 28)
 Pavel Brutt (RUS) (1982-01-29) 29 January 1982 (age 35)
 Artur Ershov (RUS) (1990-03-07) 7 March 1990 (age 27)
 Sergey Firsanov (RUS) (1982-07-03) 3 July 1982 (age 34)
 Alexander Foliforov (RUS) (1992-03-08) 8 March 1992 (age 25)
 Dmitry Kozonchuk (RUS) (1984-04-05) 5 April 1984 (age 33)
 Sergey Lagutin (RUS) (1981-01-14) 14 January 1981 (age 36)
 Roman Maikin (RUS) (1990-08-14) 14 August 1990 (age 26)
 Sergey Nikolaev (RUS) (1988-02-05) 5 February 1988 (age 29)
 Artem Nych (RUS) (1995-03-21) 21 March 1995 (age 22)
 Artem Ovechkin (RUS) (1986-07-11) 11 July 1986 (age 30)
Rider Date of birth
 Alexander Porsev (RUS) (1986-02-21) 21 February 1986 (age 31)
 Ivan Rovny (RUS) (1987-09-30) 30 September 1987 (age 29)
 Alexey Rybalkin (RUS) (1993-11-16) 16 November 1993 (age 23)
 Ivan Savitskiy (RUS) (1992-03-06) 6 March 1992 (age 25)
 Evgeny Shalunov (RUS) (1992-01-08) 8 January 1992 (age 25)
 Andrey Solomennikov (RUS) (1987-06-10) 10 June 1987 (age 30)
 Kirill Sveshnikov (RUS) (1992-02-10) 10 February 1992 (age 25)
 Nikolay Trusov (RUS) (1985-07-02) 2 July 1985 (age 31)
 Alexey Tsatevich (RUS) (1989-07-05) 5 July 1989 (age 27)
 Anton Vorobyev (RUS) (1990-10-12) 12 October 1990 (age 26)
 Aydar Zakarin (RUS) (1994-04-19) 19 April 1994 (age 23)

Major results[edit]

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

National champions[edit]


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