Viatcheslav Ekimov, general manager of Katusha Team:
Katusha Team is aware of the situation concerning Vinokourov – Kolobnev’s case. In this situation our Team will accurately obey all laws and regulations of the UCI.
UCI has published its final Europe Tour ranking of 2012.
Russian continental team Itera-Katusha for the first time in its history took 5th place in the final UCI Europe Tour team’s ranking, scoring 1254 points. TheEurope ranking winner became French Saur Sojasun with 1667 points.
Besides, Itera-Katusha became the best continental team ofEuropein the 2012.
During the season of 2012 Itera-Katusha scored 29 victories, 28 second and 26 third podium places (81 podiums totally).
Among the best team’s results are: gold medal of Anton Vorobyev at U23 UCI World Road Championships, stage victory of Sergey Pomoshnikov at Tour de l’Avenir, stage victory of Sergei Chernetckii at Giro Valle d’Aosta, triumph of Viacheslav Kuznetsov at La Roue Tourangelle, the pink jersey for 3 days and a stage at Giro Ciclistica d’Italia for Ilnur Zakarin.
After such a wonderful season 3 riders of Itera-Katusha (Anton Vorobyev, Viacheslav Kuznetsov and Sergei Chernetckii) received a contract proposal from the part of World Tour Katusha Team.