Olympic Champion, WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO World Champion Vladimir Klichko expressed his support to Russian Katusha Team:
- With regret I have learned that International Cycling Union (UCI) which is a known and respected worldwide has refused to prolong license for the Russian professional cycling team Katusha. This means that riders will not be able to fight for the leadership in the World Tour races in the upcoming season.
There was great interest as I followed Katusha's riders doing their best to come so close to the first place of the World ranking in just 4 years. The team had a chance to become the absolute leader in the next season. But now instead Katusha has to defend its rights in the court.
I sincerely wish a lot patience and a fast resolution of this situation to Katusha's riders and management. Also it's always important to remember that professional sport is the business of strong and honest people - real victory does not come by deals or intrigues.
Happy New Year to you, guys! Optimism, good luck and brilliant victories! - said Vladimir KLICHKO.