The first professional Russian team licensed to compete at the highest level of world cycling was created in late 2008 as part of the Russian Global Cycling Project, joining the top tiered ProTour. The team was given a unique name that is associated with Russia worldwide: KATUSHA.
The Russian Global Cycling Project (RGCP) is a unique sports project with a strongly pronounced social component which was conceived, developed and created in 2008 thanks to the heads of three Russian companies: Sergey Chemezov of Rostec, Alexey Miller of Gazprom and Igor Makarov of ITERA.
During its first years in the ProTour league (renamed WorldTour since 2010), Team Katusha has gained a solid position as one of the leaders in global cycling and has clearly proven to be a powerful and competitive squad. Katusha’s successes in the WorldTour have greatly contributed to the growth in popularity of cycling in Russia.
During Team Katusha’s six seasons at the very top of the sport of cycling, the Russian team has won 152 races along with 281 podium places, establishing the team as one of the three best professional cycling teams worldwide in 2012 and 2013. Katusha placed 2nd in 2012 and 3rd in 2013 in the UCI WorldTour Team rankings.
Following the successful establishment of Team Katusha in the WorldTour, in late 2009 a Continental team named ITERA-Katusha was established. This new squad has provided a brilliant opportunity for young Russian riders to compete in prestigious international races.
With the material and technical base already developed as well as the excellent management and high-level logistics in place, the ITERA-Katusha team has entered into the elite of European cycling. In five years of competition, Russian riders from ITERA-Katusha have won 96 races as well as 158 podium places in the UCI Continental Calendar races. Two times, in 2011 and 2012, ITERA-Katusha was ranked the number one Continental cycling team in Europe.
2015 will see the seventh season of the first-ever Russian WorldTour Team Katusha. The upcoming year provides new aims and goals for the team. However, just as in the past, the main efforts will focus on strengthening its Russian riders’ positions in European and global cycling, as well as ensuring that they achieve victorious results in the largest international professional competitions.