News: Katusha returns Down Under


Giro D’Italia stage winner Maxim Belkov will return to the Santos Tour Down Under with Russian cycling team Katusha.

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Belkov, who won stage nine at the 2013 Giro D’Italia, will be joined by former Russian Road Race Champion Eduard Vorganov. After competing at the Santos Tour Down Under since 2009 Katusha failed to gain UCI Pro Team status until February 2013 and missed this year’s race.

Santos Tour Down Under Race Director Mike Turtur says Katusha would be looking for a good result following their absence in 2013. “Katusha always come to the Santos Tour Down Under with a strong team and after a year away from the race they will want a good start to the 2014 season,” Mr Turtur said.

“Belkov showed his strength when he attacked on the descent of stage nine of the 2013 Giro D’Italia and held on to take the stage. Katusha are also bringing Aleksandr Porsev who won the first stage of the 2013 Tour of Luxembourg, so we can expect a strong performance from the Russian team.”

The seven-man roster includes six Russian cyclists as well as Austrian Marco Haller. The Katusha team competing at the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under will be led by manager Dmitry Konyshev and includes riders:

Maxim Belkov (Russia)
Marco Haller (Austria)
Mikhail Ignatyev (Russia)
Pavel Kochetkov (Russia)
Egor Silin (Russia)
Aleksandr Porsev (Russia)
Eduard Vorganov (Russia)

2014 Santos Tour Down Under

The Santos Tour Down Under is Australia’s premier international cycling race. It will be staged in and around Adelaide, South Australia from 19 to 26 January 2014. On Sunday 19 January the world’s cycling elite will contest an exciting 50km circuit race, the People’s Choice Classic, as the curtain raiser for the six-stage Santos Tour Down Under being raced over a total distance of 875km.

Sunday 19 January – People’s Choice Classic – Adelaide (50km)
Monday 20 January – Rest day
Tuesday 21 January – Stage 1 – Nuriootpa to Angaston (135km)
Wednesday 22 January – Stage 2 – Prospect to Stirling (150km)
Thursday 23 January – Stage 3 – Norwood to Campbelltown (145km)
Friday 24 January – Bupa Stage 4 – Unley to Victor Harbor (148.5km)
Saturday 25 January – Stage 5 – McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill (151.5km)
Sunday 26 January – Stage 6 – Adelaide (95km)


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