Rodriguez, Vicioso and Caruso out of Giro d’Italia

Because of a massive crash at ten kilometers from the finish in Cassino at the Giro d’Italia, three Katusha riders had to abandon the race. Angel Vicioso and Giampaolo Caruso finished the stage in the ambulance. Joaquim Rodriguez finished the race but fractures, revealed later in the Santa Scolastica Hospital of Cassino, made an end of his race, too. Angel Vicioso suffers the worst injury. A … [Read more...]

Katusha’s Joaquim Rodriguez Wins Volta Ciclista a Catalunya

Despite the rain and wet roads on the final day of racing in Catalunya, the leading Russian team Katusha let nothing deter them from the purpose of the day: to deliver Joaquim Rodriguez to the finish line as the winner of the 94th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya. Mission accomplished. A happy Joaquim Rodriguez was content with this victory, saying, “This victory is important to me. It was a big … [Read more...]

Stef Clement Wins Stage 6 In Catalonia, Rodriguez Maintains Lead

MADRID, March 29, 2014 (AFP) - Dutch rider Stef Clement claimed victory in the sixth stage of the Tour of Catalonia on Saturday as Joaquim Rodriguez maintained his overall lead. Belkin's Clement broke for home a kilometre from the end of the 172km ride from El Vendrell to Vilanova to hold off France's Rudy Molard (Cofidis) and Pieter Serry (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) in second and third … [Read more...]

The 2013 Tour de France GC Contenders

PARIS, June 26, 2013 - The 2013 Tour de France contenders ahead of this year's 100th edition to be held June 29 to July 1: Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) A year after a runner-up place to teammate and compatriot Bradley Wiggins, Froome has the leadership of Team Sky and it is no surprise. The Kenyan-born Briton is arguably a stronger climber than Wiggins and is a strong time triallist, … [Read more...]

Katusha Pin Tour de France Hopes On Joaquim Rodriguez

PARIS, June 21, 2013 - Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez will use his experience of podium finishes at last year's Giro d'Italia and Tour of Spain to spearhead Katusha's Tour de France campaign. "We have good climbers around him," said team boss Valerio Piva. Rodriguez, 34, took part in the Tour de Fance for the only time in 2010 when he finished seventh overall after claiming a stage … [Read more...]

Joaquim Rodriguez Given Go Ahead To Race The Fleche Wallonne

BINCHE, Belgium, April 16, 2013 (AFP) - Last year's Fleche Wallonne winner Joaquim Rodriguez will be at the start line on Wednesday for the 2013 edition of the race despite falling in Sunday's Amstel Gold Race. Rodriguez suffered bruising to his left thigh after the fall, but his participation in the race was confirmed by his team Katusha following a two-hour training session on … [Read more...]

Rodriguez Takes Stage As Froome Moves Into Tirreno-Adriatico Lead

ROME, March 10, 2013 (AFP) - Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez won the fifth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico over 230km from Ortona to Chieti on Sunday as Britain's Chris Froome moved into the overall lead. Sky's Froome finished in a group, including former Tour de France winner Alberto Contador, just a few seconds behind Rodriguez. That was enough for the Briton to wrench the leader's blue … [Read more...]

Shunned Katusha Mull World Tour Legal Action

PARIS, Dec 11, 2012 (AFP) - Katusha, denied a license to compete in cycling's elite tours next year by the sport's governing body the UCI, is threatening to challenge the ruling in the courts. The Russian outfit, who enjoyed a successful season largely thanks to veteran Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez, spoke out Tuesday 24 hours after being refused one of the 18 permits to compete on the 2013 … [Read more...]

Rodriguez Wins Tour of Lombardy

MILAN, Sept 29, 2012 - Katusha's Joaquim Rodriguez won a rain-lashed 106th edition of the Tour of Lombardy Saturday to become the first Spanish winner of the 'Race of the Falling Leaves'. Rodriguez, who has finished on two Grand Tour podiums in 2012, launched a solo attack on the final climb 9km from the finish and held off a desperate chase to finish the 251km classic in triumph. … [Read more...]

Italy’s Dario Cataldo Wins Tour of Spain Stage 16, Rodriguez Keeps Overall Lead

CUITU NEGRU, Spain, Sept 3, 2012 (AFP) - Italian cyclist Dario Cataldo won the 16th stage of the Tour of Spain on Monday, a punishing 183.5km mountain ride from Gijon to Cuitu Negru in northern Spain. Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez of the Katusha team retained the overall leader's red jersey and stretched his lead over compatriot Alberto Contador, competing after a two-year doping ban. … [Read more...]