Team News – Big Win for Katusha in Italy


Katusha’s Giampaolo Caruso wins Italian semi classic Milano-Torino with teammate Dani Moreno third

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Team News – Big Win for Katusha in Italy

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It was a Team Katusha show of strength on the uphill finish to the Superga Basilica after the 95th Milano-Torino (193,5 km), race won by Giampaolo Caruso. With Dani Moreno (3rd), Joaquim Rodríguez (5th) and Sergey Chernetckii (7th), four Team Katusha riders finished in top ten.


Photos: © Tim De Waele / Team Katusha

“I am very happy. I was already many times close to victory this season, but finally I made it. Sergei Chernetckii did an enormous work He attacked with four kilometers to go. When Nocentini counterattacked, I followed him. With 2,5 km to go we caught Chernetckii but he continued to work hard in the front until 1k to go. He was super. As I knew Nocentini is very strong in the sprint, I tried to anticipate and attacked with 300 meters to go. He followed me but I had a second acceleration in my legs” explained a happy Giampaolo Caruso.

Favorites Joaquim Rodríguez (5th), Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) (6th) and Fabio Aru (Astana) (4th) were looking too much at each other when first Chernetckii and later Caruso attacked. The Sicilian rider had waited since 2009 to taste victory and celebrated in style in Torino.

“Since Liège-Bastogne-Liège this year, I knew a victory would arrive soon for me but bad luck in the Giro ruined my season. I came back in the Vuelta and proved there and in the Worlds to be back at my good Spring level. Our team today was really super. We showed here again what a good team Katusha is. Now let’s try to do the same in Lombardy” added Giampaolo Caruso.

The team was indeed marvelous” he added Dani Moreno (third). “With five teammates, we were still there in the finale. When Chernetckii attacked, I was there as a backup. We were ready to win. We go now to Lombardy with the same team. Let’s hope we can continue this way”.


Photos: © Tim De Waele / Team Katusha

Team Katusha will start next Sunday as big favorite for the last one-day WorldTour race of the season, Il Lombardia, race won by Katusha’s Joaquim Rodríguez the last two years.

1 Caruso Giampaolo, Team Katusha 4:30:12
2 Nocentini Rinaldo, AG2R La Mondiale 0:03
3 Moreno Daniel, Team Katusha 0:09
4 Aru Fabio, Astana Pro Team 0:13
5 Rodríguez Joaquim, Team Katusha 0:14
6 Contador Alberto, Tinkoff-Saxo 0:17
7 Chernetckii Sergei, Team Katusha 0:19
8 Rebellin Davide, CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:24
9 Schleck Fränk, Trek Factory Racing 0:40
10 Finetto Mauro, Neri Sottoli 0:42

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