Luca Paolini Gets Hit With A 18-Month Doping Ban For Cocaine

Lausanne, April 13, 2016 - Italian cyclist Luca Paolini was on Wednesday banned for 18 months after testing positive for cocaine at last year's Tour de France, cycling's ruling body the UCI announced. The suspension relates to the 39-year-old's failed dope test for the recreational drug on July 7 2015 which triggered his sacking by Katusha. The UCI said Paolini was "guilty of a … [Read more...]

Team Katusha Quits MPCC Over Fear Of Doping Ban

Paris, Feb 24, 2016 (AFP) - Katusha have joined Orica in quitting the anti-doping body the Movement for Credible Cycling so as to avoid suspension after two of its riders failed drug tests. The Russian cycling team were told by the International Cycling Union this month that they would not be banned despite Katusha duo Eduard Vorganov and Luca Paolini failing doping controls. But under … [Read more...]

Alexander Kristoff Wins In Naseem Park At Tour of Oman

It was another nice winning story for Team KATUSHA and Alexander Kristoff in the Middle East. Kristoff won stage 3 of the Tour of Oman with finish at the Naseem Park not far away from country capital Muscat. In the final sprint KATUSHA’s top sprinter overpassed Moreno Hofland from LottoNL-Jumbo and Roy Jans from Wanty – Groupe Gobert. - Of course, all in the peloton looked at us, so we … [Read more...]

Team Katusha Barely Avoids A Doping Suspension By UCI

Lausanne, Feb 9, 2016 (AFP) - Russian cycling team Katusha will not be suspended despite two riders failing drug tests within a 12 month period, the International Cycling Union said on Tuesday. Last week, Katusha suspended Russian rider Eduard Vorganov after he tested positive for the Latvian-made anti-ischemia drug meldonium, which boosts oxygen supply to the blood and tissues in the … [Read more...]

Italian Rider Luca Paolini Tests Positive For Cocaine

Fougères, France, July 10, 2015 (AFP) - Italian rider Luca Paolini has failed a doping test at the Tour de France, his Katusha team said Friday. The 38-year-old tested positive for cocaine, which is not banned out of competition but is on the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of doping substances in competition. Katusha spokesman Philippe Maertens told AFP the team had found out … [Read more...]

Alexander Kristoff Crushes The Three Days of De Panne

De Panne, Belgium, April 2, 2015 (AFP) - Norway's Alexander Kristoff, of the Katusha team, won the Three Days of De Panne race in Belgium on Thursday. Kristoff's victory was based on his winning the opening three stages of the race, which culminated with Briton Bradley Wiggins victorious in the final stage, a 14.2-kilometre time-trial around De Panne. "I think it was one of my first … [Read more...]

Katusha Team Chooses Belgium Clothing Company Decca

Belgian clothing company back in pro cycling Russian WorldTour Katusha Team is happy to announce its collaboration with the Belgian clothing company Decca. Decca was active in pro cycling from 1970 till the mid nineties. Champions like Jan Raas, Sean Kelly, Freddy Maertens and Viatcheslav Ekimov wore the Decca clothing as pro riders. As a consequence of the partnership deal between Decca and … [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...]

Katusha Looks For Strong Finish To 2012 in Tour of Beijing

Under the guidance of former Gerolsteiner chief Hans-Michael Holczer, the Katusha Team has had its best season since gaining WorldTour status in 2009. The Russian backed team sits third overall on the UCI WorldTour standings and has impressed with stage honours at the Vuelta a España, Giro d'Italia, Tour de Suisse and Critérium du Dauphiné, and will look to the Tour of Beijing to continue … [Read more...]

Doping Cheat Alexander Kolobnev Gets Dumped By Team Katusha

MOSCOW, Dec 21, 2011 - Russia's 2008 road race Olympic bronze medalist Alexander Kolobnev was not offered a new contract by the Katusha team on Tuesday following his disqualification from this year's Tour de France for a positive dope test. The team decided not to extend his contract for another year despite him receiving a light punishment from his national federation in October of a … [Read more...]