Six wins for Team Katusha in the national championships
Russian team dominates the title competitions in Russia, Moldova and Belarus. The Italian pros also excel.
25 and 26 June 2011 saw cycling pros all over the world take part in their national championships in road racing and individual time trials. The Team Katusha pros started their races on FOCUS bikes as clear favourites (especially in Russia), a role they admirably fulfilled. Although their opponents closed ranks against the “Russian Global Cycling Project”, as Team Katusha's mission is known, the Katusha pros dominated the race throughout. With 30 kilometres to go, eventual winner Pavel Brutt made an attack to finish alone out in front on his FOCUS Izalco. A further five riders made an appearance for the pro team and secured the following five places.
Katusha also walked away with the top places in the time trials on 24 June. First place went to Mikhail Ignatiev on the Izalco Chrono. His team colleague Vladimir Karpets took silver. The U23 titles were won by Itera Katusha riders Viatcheslav Kuznetsov (road) and Anton Vorobyev (time trials).
And the run of wins for the FOCUS riders was set to continue. Both in Moldova and Belarus, the respective national champions succeeded in defending their titles. Alexandre Pliuschin and Aliaksandr Kuchynski will be allowed to wear their special jerseys for yet another year. They collected 5th and 6th titles for their team.
All in all, Team Katusha finished with no less than six titles. Technical partner FOCUS will be providing the champions with special paint finishes for their team bikes in the next few weeks. These will echo the design of the jerseys; just another sweetener for winning the championships. The person responsible for introducing these kinds of measures is Team Liaison Manager, Martin Böckelmann. He is overjoyed by the weekend's successes. "Katusha has scooped up a sensational number of wins. Not only did the lads win the road races and secure further podium positions, they were also really strong in the time trials. Our team effort is starting to pay off, something I'm personally delighted about."
In addition to the top results in Russia and eastern Europe, the excellent performance of Katusha’s Italian riders is also worth a mention. Giampaolo Caruso only just missed securing a podium position by placing fourth in his native Sicily. Not long afterwards, team colleague Luca Paolini finished ninth in the Italian championships